Video instructions and help with filling out and completing When 8850 Form Screening

Instructions and Help about When 8850 Form Screening

Welcome to criminal history working through challenges and dispelling myths my name is Amy Galvin I'm from the Institute for community inclusion and I'll be leading you through this discussion when dealing with the person with criminal history the person often brings feelings of failure hopelessness and alienation they have learned negative behaviors like cynicism or possibly manipulation the person is often less educated less skilled and less mature than their peers he or she often has higher rates of disability such as psychiatric disabilities ADHD and learning disabilities what the individual needs is respect hope positive incentives clear information consistency compassion and assistance in recognizing transference of skills in these situations when a person has a criminal record the person's record can be obtained depending on what state he or she resides in criminal record information is handled differently for each state for example in Massachusetts the criminal history systems board handles the record information in Connecticut it's the Department of Public Safety in New Hampshire the Department of Safety as well and in Rhode Island it's the Department of the Attorney General Bureau of Criminal identification for more information regarding obtaining criminal records and finding resources that can be helpful in sealing a record verifying facts and legal supports for each state please visit the website listed on the resource page called hire network through the process of hiring an individual with a criminal history even more barriers to employment may arise related to the individuals record for example obtaining records can cause a delay in the screening process a person must plan on the time it takes to obtain a record receive possible legal counsel if necessary and try and have the record revised records can also be inaccurate particularly if someone has a very common name it is possible that his or her record could be linked to someone else or vice versa employers may request crim record information in the application this type of information is stigmatizing and can close employment doors for people with criminal histories this type of information also tends to leak meaning once this information is shared it is possible other people will find out about it other employers in the area may also learn about it due to people's networks and just word of mouth so what can be done to break down these barriers get a copy of the record and learn what is on the record and what it means there may be an option to seal or get a pardon if possible demonstrate that offending again is unlikely for example by explaining how you the individual what the record has changed and explaining what is different what rehabilitation has taken place do you attend 12-step groups volunteer work are there other positive skills and attributes you may have another option is using a letter to explain your specific situation please see letter of request in the resource section have a better understanding of legal and illegal pre-employment questions for example on an application have you ever been convicted of a crime within the past seven years a conviction is a separate issue compared to an arrest for example let's go over some job development tools that can assist individuals with criminal backgrounds one is the federal bonding program job applicant can visit the nearest State job service office or the one-stop Career Center at 1877 us two jobs the employer or applicant can contact this office and the bond can be issued following an offer and a start date no paperwork needs to be completed by the job applicant or the employer to learn more about this you can go to bonds for jobs com this is basically a type of insurance that the employer is granted for hiring someone with a criminal history and it gives them coverage if damages do occur due to the individual another tool is the work opportunity tax credit to learn more please go to DOL ETA gov forward slash business forward slash incentives forward slash opt tax here are some of the requirements to take part in what's called the Wat see it's only for new hires it's a pre hiring incentives to employers it's time sensitive it's a one-time maximum of twenty four hundred dollars and it's based on the number of hours worked and the rate of pay and it's not a guaranteed twenty four hundred dollars so who qualifies for the work opportunity tax credit there are eight eligibility categories one is a person convicted of a felony under any statute of the US or any state and has a hiring date of no more than one year after the last date he or she was convicted or released from prison and is a member of an economically disadvantaged family the employers responsibilities for the work opportunity tax credit are forms 8859 061 or 90 62 and they need to be postmarked within 21 calendar days from the start date and the person has 365 days from the start date for the employee to accrue earnings your state may have more job development tools for example in Massachusetts there is the Massachusetts Talent Quest division of apprenticeship training one-stop Career Center's span and impact in Connecticut there's the Department of Corrections Department of Labor centers Connecticut works and strive in New Hampshire there's New Hampshire works transformations program and the Department of Employment and security and in Rhode Island there is network Rhode Island Center Family Resources community action and dare one question that you may often here is where can I find a list of employers who will hire people with criminal records the answer is that there really is no list you have to go out and build those relationships some other important considerations when looking for employment for an individual are figuring out what environment is best suited for the individual and is the individual the right match for the environment taking these