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Michigan Business Law Update – Proposed Bill Aimed at Removing Barriers to Employment for Ex-Convicts

Yesterday I read an Article from the Business Bridge – Senate Considers Employer Incentives to hire ex-Prisoners.

This article discusses Senate Bill 14 – introduced just recently. Check ou2015-09-23-15-55-03t the Bill Analysis here.

The Bill would create the “Work Opportunity Act” which would install an “employer reimbursement program to provide grants to employers for hiring people who were on probation or parole.”

In the last several years the State of Michigan has enacted legislation intended to remove employment barriers for individuals with a prison record.

According to the Bridge article, the intent behind this latest legislation is to “seek to get the employee fully engaged in the workplace, – Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, the lead sponsor of the bill package.”

West Michigan is Making Great Progress in this Area – But there is Work to be Done.

There are a number of great companies who reach out to support Michiganders with certain 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 135 individuals in their shelter into full time employment in 2016.

Some West Michigan companies who do a great job of reaching out to hire/place those with employment barriers are Cascade Engineering, the work started by its Founding CEO Fred Keller. Others include Lacks EnterprisesKentwood Office Furniture and Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids lead by Janis Petrini  to name a few.

Questions? comments?

email: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com


Twitter: @JeshuaTLauka

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