Want to hire a convict but a little worried about what happens if he commits a crime against a customer? The Michigan legislature recently enacted some protection. Public Act 360 of 2014 (effective 1/1/2015) allows the Department of Corrections to issue a Certificate of Employability. The Certificate can be introduced as evidence of an employer’s due care when hiring. Perhaps more important, a Certificate establishes that an employer did not act negligently for failing to give due regard to past convictions.
Eric J. Scheske