Jobs are hard to come by, even in a good economy, for someone in the low-wage sector who has a credit problem or a criminal record.
Jobs are very scarce in most rural areas of Georgia, so when someone comes to you for legal help because he has been denied employment due to credit problems or a criminal record, here’s a place to start: www.Bonds4Jobs.com. The US Department of Labor established the Federal Bonding Program to provide Fidelity Bonds that guarantee honesty for “at-risk”, hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment. There is no cost to the job applicant or the employer. In Georgia, the bonds are made available through your local field office of the Georgia Department of Labor “Career Center.”
An “expungement” may also be appropriate for your client. Volunteer lawyers can download an Expungement Packet here.