The New York State License Guides explain the process for obtaining licenses in 25, high-demand occupations and professions for people who have conviction records.
Legal Action Center training, Getting Ready: Applying for a Job with a Criminal Record and handout on Legal Protections for People with Criminal Records are good to understand the landscape of job searching. For advice on how to navigate the whole process of resumes, interviews, etc, I'll recommend our very own Connections book, pages 309-359.
Under New York law, employers and state agencies that issue licenses cannot reject job-seekers simply because they have criminal convictions. Legally, job-seekers can only be rejected if there is a direct relationship between the conviction and the job or license being sought, or if hiring the applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to persons or property. As the Corrections Law states, employers must look at job-seekers as individuals.
These tabs include job-search guides, guidelines for specific fields, training resources, relevant laws and policies, and sample letters, briefs, and motions that address employment discrimination based on criminal records--including employment denials, terminations, suspensions, and illegal hiring.
Links to the New York State Corrections Law, the New York City Human Rights Law, and the New York State Division of Human Rights, all of which lay out policies that provide protections against discrimination in hiring for people with criminal convictions. The folder also includes an outline of relevant legal decisions, and information on filing discrimination claims with the Division of Human Rights.
Guides for job-seekers with criminal records and their advocates to prepare for and assist in the job search process. Included are materials that explain the basics of the anti-discrimination laws, and what to do when facing employment discrimination based on criminal records.
Sample letters for job-seekers to send to employers and agencies. The letters address such topics as: protections for job-seekers with criminal records; asking about the reason for denial, and asking for a copy of the background report; explaining the significance of Certificates of Relief; and unlawful termination based on the discovery of a criminal record, among many others.
The list below features employers whose official hiring practices do not exclude ex-offenders and felons. There are also many employers on the list that have made a pledge to be fair when it comes to employing, training and promoting qualified people that happen to have past criminal backgrounds
There are companies that hire felons. Some people with criminal records believe they cannot get jobs. The truth is, ex-offenders and felons get hired every day. There are employers that offer job opportunities to people with records.
This section provides information and education to help people age 50-plus find a job, tweak résumés, polish interviewing skills, negotiate a salary and benefits, explore a second career path, explore flexible work arrangements, consider self-employment, and more.