Employer Incentives


Most people think of incentives for hiring ex-offenders as financial incentives. As you’ll read below, other incentives are human incentives. Ex-convicts can be punctual, motivated, productive, and loyal. They can also be better performing than non-felons.

The article below provides an example.

“Rubicon Bakery says employees with barriers prove to be an asset”
August 31, 2013

“Not only should you hire them to do a good thing for society, but you should do it for your business. When I bought the bakery the condition of the sale was that I maintain the social mission. What I learned is that it makes business sense. I have all of these very loyal employees that I wouldn’t normally have. If businesses understood that, they’d all be better off. And the rest of us would be too.”

Andrew Stoloff
Owner of Rubicon Bakery
Richmond, California


Financial Incentives for Employers

Work Opportunity Tax Credit
United States Department of Labor

Reentry Myth Buster!
“On Federal Bonding Program

Reentry Myth Buster
“On the Work Opportunity Tax Credit”


Human Incentives for Employers

“4 Reasons Why Your Small Business Should Hire An Ex-Convict”
Jhaneel Lockhart
Business Insider
January 13, 2012

“Employees With Criminal Records May Be Better Workers: Study”
Kali Holloway
May 15, 2016

‘Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons”
Mike Green
The Huffington Post
August 21, 2015

“Hiring ex-offenders can benefit companies”
Clynton Namuo
Pacific Business News
July 29, 2004

“Richard Branson wants you to hire an ex-con”
Alanna Petroff
CNN Money
July 20, 2016

“Should small businesses hire more ex-convicts?”
Julie Kliegman
The Week Magazine
March 17, 2015

“Why an Ex-Con Could Be a Great Hire”
Dyan Machan
December 1, 2011

“Why former felons may be good employees”
Jena McGregor
The Washington Post
May 6, 2016

“Why You Should Consider Hiring Ex-Convicts”
Kathryn Hawkins
Intuit Quickbooks
No Date

“Why You Should Hire Ex-Cons”
Catherine Rohr
Inc. Magazine
June 25, 2013


Legal Issues for Employers & Ex-Offenders

“Criminal Background Checks Policy Update Forces Employers To Give Fair Shot To Ex-Offenders”
Trymaine Lee
The Huffington Post
April 27, 2012

“Hiring Felons: 6 Rules Employers Need to Know”
July 10, 2013

National Hire Network
The National H.I.R.E. Network

Reentry Myth Buster
“On Hiring/Criminal Records Guidance”

Reentry Myth Buster
“Criminal Histories and Employment Background Checks”


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Updated March 20, 2020.