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Michigan Business Law Update: House Bill to Create “Application Fairness” for Felons

House Bill  4208 would create the “Michigan Application Fairness Act” – you can see the text of the bill that was introduced into the Michigan House on February 17, 2015

Under the Bill,

An employer shall not make or use an initial application for employment that elicits or attempts to elicit information concerning conviction of a felony”

This Bill has some teeth to it, in the event that an applicant has been required to provide their felony history, a court could award damages and recovery of attorney fees.

This Bill is intended to promote the integration of those convicted of felonies back into the work force.

As I’ve previously mentioned, and it certainly deserves reiterating, there are a number of great companies who reach out to support putting Michiganders with certain employment barriers to work.  Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids lead by CEO Kathy Crosby does a fantastic job of equipping this demographic and putting them into long term employment. Mel Trotter Ministries has placed over 100 individuals in their shelter into full time employment in 2014.

Some West Michigan companies who do a great job of reaching out to hire/place those with employment barriers are Proos Manufacturing and Fabricating lead by CEO Amy Proos and Cascade Engineering lead by (former) CEO Fred Keller. Others include Lacks EnterprisesKentwood Office Furniture and Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids lead by Janis Petrini  to name a few.

It will be interested to see the amendment process of this Bill through the legislative process.

Questions? Comments?

email: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com


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