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Md. law makes it difficult to employ ex-offenders

Md. law makes it difficult to employ ex-offenders

It’s true that not enough employers are lining up to give Maryland’s formerly incarcerated population a second chance. But when you look at the reasons behind that decision, it’s difficult to blame them.

While there are numerous second chance programs in place within our state, there are challenges to the hiring process. One factor is that under current law, an employer could be held civilly liable for a negligent act committed by an employee solely because of that employee’s criminal past, regardless of whether the prior criminal offense bears any relation to the current issue.

Yes, that’s right, the mere fact of a prior criminal history could be viewed as enough to establish...

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