Training focuses on Employment for Ex-Offenders
Toledo: More than 70 professionals interested in giving ex-offenders a chance at employment gathered for training on Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs) on Sept. 19, 2014.
Created in 2012 under Ohio Senate Bill 337 - the Collateral Sanctions Bill, CQEs present new opportunities for both employers and people with criminal records in Ohio. Unlike record sealing, CQEs do not hide a criminal record. Instead, they address two legal barriers that make employers hesitant to hire people with criminal records: lifting mandatory state law barriers to licenses and certain types of employment, and protecting employers who hire certificate holders from negligent hiring liability.
Held at Owens Community College, Center for Emergency Preparedness (30150 Tracey Rd., Walbridge, OH) the training speaker was Rob Wall, an attorney at the Ohio Justice & Policy Center. Mr. Wall manages the Second Chance Community Legal Clinics that help people with criminal records overcome legal barriers to employment, housing and civic participation.
The training was presented at no cost to attendees by Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), and the Reentry Committee of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC).