What to Do If You’re Laid off and Have a Criminal Record?
March 08, 2020
Effects of Coronavirus: Prepare for a Job Application
The entire nation is currently dealing with the threat of the Coronavirus disease. The global pandemic has quickly created a serious economic impact for the U.S. Many questions are running through American workers’ heads. One of those being, will I still have a job in the near future? Or, what happens if I am laid off? Unfortunately, many businesses may have to consider layoffs during tough financial times. Restaurants are being forced to close, and teachers are having to conduct classes via teleconference. Some industries will be hit harder than others, and many will be wondering about job security in the upcoming months.
One factor that will play a key role in getting another job, if that day should come, is whether you have a clear criminal history. A common aspect of most job applications is passing a criminal background check. Although some states have enacted “Ban the Box” laws to help protect from discrimination based on a criminal record, you may still be at a disadvantage overall. If criminal record expungement or sealing is available to you, it could be extremely beneficial to you in a number of ways.
Consider Expungement and Sealing
The important point to consider is that you start this process as soon as possible. In terms of expungement and record sealing, the process varies in every state. Some services take longer than others, and many courts are postponing hearings and teleconferencing to allow for social distancing. Once society resumes its normal operations, there will likely be many people wanting to clear their criminal record.
If you have a criminal record and want to pass a background check, it’s best to seek the advice of an attorney. The process can be somewhat complicated. Our team of experiences professionals are available to begin working on your case today. The first step is to see whether you qualify, which you can do by taking our free eligibility test. We now operate in 20 states and want to help as many people clear their criminal record as we can.
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