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Kentucky’s newly passed House Bill 497 creates a certificate program that will give employers relief from civil liability for hiring an ex-offender who was trained for a particular job. The bill aims to enhance the ability of formerly incarcerated people to get jobs once they are in the community to further aid in their rehabilitation and reintegration. Specifically, the law requires the Department of Corrections (DOC) to equip persons leaving incarceration with the necessary documents and paperwork to ease the process of reentry, while encouraging the DOC to provide support for incarcerated individuals in preparing and writing job resumes. Employers are not required to accept an applicant with a criminal record, but it does provide legal protection from negligent-hiring lawsuits if a certificate of employability holders are hired.

 

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