The Benefits and Challenges of Hiring a Person with a Criminal Background

On May 23, 2008, JOTF hosted a forum for employers entitled “The Benefits and Challenges of Hiring a Person with a Criminal Background.” The event featured the following presentations from the following:

• Emmett McGee, a partner from DLA Piper discussed liability issues in hiring and retaining employees (including people with a criminal background). Mr McGee discussed the concept of negligent hiring and ways in which employers could ameliorate their exposure to liability concerns.

• Mathew B. Hitt a certified public accountant described the significant government tax credits that are available to employers when hiring people with a criminal background; and

• Amelia Lazarus, Esq. of the Homeless Person’s Representation Project described how to accurately read and interpret a criminal background check.

If you would like to know more about this event or receive a copy of the material that was presented, please contact Gerald Ford 410-234-8931.

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