Employer Resources

Business Leaders Summits on Reentry

Together with the National Employment Law Project (NELP), the Lawyers’ Committee convened the Alameda County Business Leaders Summit on Reentry in the summer of 2014. The Summit events were held in June and July, and were co-sponsored by the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the East Bay Community Foundation, and Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean. The goal of these events was to bring together employers, business leaders, and Human Resources professionals to discuss challenges and opportunities related to hiring people with past criminal records, as a means of strengthening both businesses’ bottom lines and the local economy.

Click here to read our report: “Strategies For Creating Fair Employment Opportunities For People With Criminal Records: Findings from the Alameda County Business Leaders Summit on Reentry.”

At each event, we had remarks from local business leaders who have hired people with past records, including Mike Hannigan, co-founder and president of Give Something Back Office Supplies, Derek Barrett, founder and CEO of D and B Painting Co., Inc., Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, founder and president of Tri-CED Community Recycling, and Derreck B. Johnson, founder and president of the acclaimed Home of Chicken and Waffles.

Summit participants learned about the criminal justice system and the importance of employment and reentry from Jeanne Woodford, a senior distinguished fellow at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at UC Berkeley, and former warden of San Quentin State Prison, undersecretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and chief adult probation officer of the City and County of San Francisco.

Next, Jessica Flintoft, consultant to the Lawyers’ Committee’s, provided an overview of relevant employment laws, and Susana Villarreal, of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for the City of Oakland, discussed incentives and subsidies for employers who hire people with records. Each of these presentations was followed by a break-out strategy session, during which participants shared their reactions and questions about the issues.

The Lawyers’ Committee and NELP have released a report of their findings from the Summit events, entitled “Strategies for Creating Fair Employment Opportunities for People with Criminal Records: Findings from the Alameda County Business Leaders Summit on Reentry.” The materials from each of the events are provided below.

Materials from the Summit Events


Speaker Biographies



Trainings for Individuals with Past Arrests & Convictions

Trainings for Individuals with Past Arrests & Convictions

This legal training provides information about the rights of workers with past records when they apply for jobs. It covers the process of cleaning up a record (commonly known as “expungement”), employment laws, background checking, and occupational licensing. The training offers useful information to workers about their rights, helping empower them in the job search process.

If you are interested in convening a training for your business organization, please contact mdesautels@lccr.com.


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Resources for Workforce Development

Trainings for Workforce Development Service Providers

This legal training is designed specifically for workforce development staff. Participants have an opportunity to learn about the new legal rights in California that help workers with records obtain jobs, and their own legal obligations as workforce development centers. The training provides practical and useful information on how participants’ employer partners can best comply with the law when they are considering conviction history information.

If you are interested in convening a training for your business organization, please contact mdesautels@lccr.com.


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How Employers can Maximize Talent and Minimize Risk

For businesses, we offer training workshops as well as individualized counsel and advice on hiring practices, personnel policies, and other legal issues related to fair chance hiring.

Trainings for Employers in Alameda County

Presented by attorneys from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and the National Employment Law Project, our employer trainings provide practical and useful information on improving hiring practices.

At our trainings, employment law experts explain how to use criminal history information in hiring in compliance with the law. The purpose of these trainings is to: help businesses protect themselves from liability concerns, and to also give them access to an untapped pool of talent.

If you are interested in convening a training for your business organization, please contact mchen@lccr.com.


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Join Us! Maximizing Talent, Minimizing Employment Risk

Maximizing Talent, Minimizing Employment Risk
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 9:00 to 10:30am
Location: College of Alameda, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Pkwy, F Building/Student Union, Alameda, CA 94501
Employment law experts from the multinational law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP will present practical information, including:
  • How hiring someone with a criminal record can benefit your business and increase your bottom line;
  • The proper way to screen applicants for certain positions;
  • How to protect your business from liability concerns while gaining access to an untapped pool of talent.
Breakfast refreshments will be served. Parking passes will be emailed after registration.
To register to attend please visit: http://bit.ly/13NUMxJ.
For more information, please contact Miya Saika Chen at mchen@lccr.com or (415) 543-9444, x236.
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Local CEO Shares How He Finds Undiscovered Talent

If you are open to hiring from a diverse applicant pool including people with arrest or conviction records, you may ask, what next? CEO Mike Hannigan shares his best practices for successfully hiring from this undiscovered talent pool in Alameda County.

Hiring People with Records Can Help Your Bottomline

Did you know that your business could save thousands of dollars by hiring a new employee with an arrest or conviction on their record? In this video, CEO Mike Hannigan talks about how he takes advantage of wage subsidies and tax incentives to help his bottom line.

Hannigan is the co-founder and president of Give Something Back Office Supplies, California’s largest independent office supply company, with more than 100 employees.

Hannigan says, “Smart businesses will take full advantage of all the available subsidies and tax incentives for hiring people with felonies. With good hiring decisions, these will more than make up for any additional time that may be required to bring these new employees up to full productivity. It’s been great for our bottom line and contributes to the overall strength and competitiveness of our workforce. Plus, we are doing the right thing for the community, which counts as a big competitive advantage these days.”

Watch Hannigan talk about how employer subsidies and tax incentives have helped Give Something Back.

To find out more about the overall benefits to your company from hiring people with records and the undiscovered talent you may be missing out on, read Six Reasons to Hire a Person with a Record.

4 Biz Reasons Not to Run a Background Check—4 Best Practices If You Have To

You may view a background check as a useful part of your hiring process. What if we told you it’s often ineffective, and that there are legal reasons to think carefully about how you conduct one?

Continue reading 4 Biz Reasons Not to Run a Background Check—4 Best Practices If You Have To

California’s Third Largest Office Supply Company Thriving with Employees with Records

Mike Hannigan, CEO of Give Something Back Office Supplies, discusses why people with records benefit his company’s bottomline,With 9.2 million jobs open, could your business benefit from tapping this undiscovered talent pool?