Employment & Licensing: Occupational Licensing
- In generaly, licensees must demonstrate good moral character. Even where a criminal record does not constitute an absolute bar, licensing agencies will almost always consider criminal records in determining whether the applicant has good moral character.
- In many cases, if a license/registration is required, there will be some form of appeal process to dispute whether an applicant's record disqualifies him or her from employment.
- Fact sheet from the Michigan Bar explaining employment rights for people with criminal records.
- This brief sets out arguments, in the context of an insurance licensing case, for why a person with a record should be granted a license.
- An Act to encourage and contribute to the rehabilitation of former offenders and to assist them in the assumption of the responsibilities of citizenship.
- For federal licenses, convictions are generally not an automatic bar, but are relevant to issues of applicant's character.
- A sample letter appealing the denial of an occupational license based on previous incarceration.
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