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Proposed California Law: Hire Convicts or Go To JAIL!

June 2, 2010

As if businesses in California did not have enough problems with high taxes and overreaching regulations already, this from Laura Sucheski at Watchdog.org:

If you don’t hire ‘em, you might join ‘em, if a new bill proposed by Assemblyman Steven Bradford, D – Inglewood, becomes law.  The Assemblyman is sponsoring AB2727 — otherwise known as the “Re-entry Employment Opportunity Act” – a bill that will make criminals out of employers who discriminate against applicants with criminal histories.

It absolutely sickens me how these disgusting new laws always have Orwellian happy names such as “Re-Entry Employment Opportunity Act”.  Who could be against employment opportunity?  This kind of garbage just makes me want to wretch.

The article goes on:

The bill would prohibit employers from excluding applications from convicted criminals if they cannot prove “there is a direct relationship between the criminal offenses and the employment sought” and “the granting of employment would involve an unreasonable risk to property or to the safety or welfare of specific persons or the general public.”   Existing laws already prohibit employers from considering an applicant’s prior arrests, detentions or charges that did not result in a conviction.

Fortunately the California Chamber of Commerce is taking this “vague” and “undefined” law to task.

“These phrases are not defined.  In establishing these new standards the employer must consider additional undefined criteria, such as the ‘effect’ the conviction will have on the applicant’s ability to perform on the job duties, the ‘seriousness’ of the offense, and whether the employer has ‘legitimate’ interests…Subjective and undefined new standards are not only confusing and complex for employers to navigate, but each and every new standard and term leaves employers open for scrutiny and legal challenge.”

Passing such a law would definitely hasten the collapse of the economy in California. Stand up and be heard California, before you go directly to jail.

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