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Ohio Unemployment - New Legislation

 

A bill now in the Ohio Senate could have that potential -- for former convicts.

More than 49,000 inmates are in Ohio prisons. Ohio Senate Bill 337, if passed, would change the way ex-cons are able to gain employment once released from prison. Introduced by Sen. Shirley Smith, D-Cleveland, and co-sponsored by Sen. Bill Seitz, R-Cincinnati, it also would give employers who hire ex-offenders protection from being held liable for negligent hiring.

The bill is designed to keep those subjected to "collateral sanctions," or a penalty, disability or disadvantage that is related to employment or occupational licensing as a result of a guilty plea or conviction to have a way to actually gain the employment they have or are being trained to do.

People convicted of crimes such as theft still are not going to be allowed to work as bank tellers, but it would, for instance, allow ex-offenders to take exams required to get professional licenses issued by the state for jobs in the construction industry.

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