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Michigan Businesses: New Bill to Limit Employer Liability for Hiring Convicts with Certificate of Employability

House Bill 5217 would give incentives to Michigan businesses for hiring convicted felons back into the work force. Today the Senate Judiciary recommended that HB 5217 be given immediate effect.

 

As background…

 

There are a number of great companies who reach out to support putting Michiganders with certain barriers to work.  Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids does a fantastic job of equipping this demographic and putting them into long term employment.

Some West Michigan companies who do a great job of reaching out to hire those with employment barriers are Proos Manufacturing and Fabricating lead by CEO Amy Proos and Cascade Engineering lead by CEO Fred Keller. Others include Lacks Enterprises and Kentwood Office Furniture to name a few.

 

HB 5217

This new law would seemingly reward such companies for their good work, by limiting their liability for such actions as “negligent supervision of employees” or other claims for person or property damage claims.

You can check out the text of the bill here

 

Hopefully, this new law would also give incentive to other great companies through out Michigan to hire employees who are otherwise qualified but their only barrier is a felony conviction.

 

 

 

Questions? Comments?

Email me: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com

 

 

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