It’s the considered judgment of the City of San Francisco that those convicted of crimes should have a fair shot at re-entry into the work-a-day world. They’ve paid their penance and now deserve a second chance.
Apparently, private employers in San Francisco don’t agree. So, the City is exercising its prerogative as the local sovereign to compel these employers – as of the 13th day of August 2014 (more on the subject of the number thirteen below) – to participate in the City’s program of the re-entry of former criminals into the workforce.
Those employers who don’t comply will themselves become criminals – well, perhaps not criminals, but certainly subject to administrative penalties and civil enforcement by the City.
Who is required to participate in this program of re-entry? All employers who have at least twenty employees (anywhere in the world) and who also do business in the City of San Francisco. If you don’t fall into this category, you may wish to keep reading, as this sort of program is favored by the Federal Interagency Reentry Council and, depending upon the results in cities like San Francisco, these kinds of laws may spread across the nation, to a locale near you.
Who is protected by this program? All applicants and all prospective applicants. In other words, just about anybody looking to work within the city limits of San Francisco.
So what must an employer do? There are thirteen – we know, auspicious number – requirements.
To read more about the thirteen requirements click here.