by Chuck Lentz, Esq.
The Minnesota Legislature recently enacted a law designed to protect employers from some of the legal risks that may accompany hiring people with criminal backgrounds. The law is designed to help those who have served their sentences re-enter society as productive citizens.
External and internal risks
Most employers are rightly concerned about both internal and external risks associated with hiring someone with a criminal record. Most often, they fear that employees with past criminal convictions might harm co-workers or pose an embezzlement or fraud risk.
Concerns about external risks stem from negligence claims that have been successfully brought against Minnesota employers when they have hired people with criminal backgrounds, and the employee has subsequently harmed someone in the course of employment.
An employer may be liable for injuries caused by an employee after the employer learns...(register to read more)