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Employment & Licensing: Occupational Licensing

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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.

Self-Help Materials

Got a Record? Know Your Rights: Employment

Fact sheet from the Michigan Bar explaining employment rights for people with criminal records.

Sample Brief in Occupational Licensing Appeal

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.


Occupational License for Former Offenders Act: MCL 338.41-47

An Act to encourage and contribute to the rehabilitation of former offenders and to assist them in the assumption of the responsibilities of citizenship.

21 U.S.C. ยง823

For federal licenses, convictions are generally not an automatic bar, but are relevant to issues of applicant's character.

Sample Occupational License Appeal Letter

A sample letter appealing the denial of an occupational license based on previous incarceration.

Other pages in this section: Legal Overviews - Materials for Employers - Policy Reports & Recommendations - Occupational Licensing - Disparate Impact Claims Under Title VII - Sex Offender Restrictions - Parole and Probation Restrictions

Restrictions for Specific Jobs: Accounting - Banking - Childcare - Education - Firefighters - Gaming - Government Employment and Government Contracting - Health Professionals - Insurance - Labor and Employee Benefits - Long-Term Care - Military Service - Security Guard and Private Security - Transportation

Section overview: Employment & Licensing

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