Seminar Helps Job Applicants Overcome Criminal Records

Posted at: 09/16/2013 5:50 PM
Updated at: 09/16/2013 10:57 PM
By: Emily Haavik

A criminal record can have a huge impact on a person's future.

In fact, according to Emily Baxter, director of public policy and advocacy for the Council on Crime and Justice, the effect can be crippling. Community Action Duluth brought Baxter in Monday to speak with some clients who are dealing with the consequences of criminal records.

Baxter said that any criminal record can have an impact, from felonies to even petty misdemeanors.

"Criminal records, and juvenile records as well, can impact almost every area in a person's life for decades afterward," she said. "And so now, especially with the economic downturn, you're finding more and more people that are accessing organizations like this and information like this because without it they can't pay rent."

Baxter said that as of Jan. 1, employers in Minnesota will be banned from including a criminal records inquiry in their applications. This will allow applicants with criminal histories to get a foot in the door before having that conversation with their prospective employer.