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Does Labor Finders Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update February 21, 2020

Does Labor Finders hire felons? That’s the question you might ask if you’re looking for a good staffing agency to work with.

Relaunch Pad contacts businesses, including staffing agencies, and asks directly about their policy for hiring former felons. Finding work with a criminal record can be very challenging. We’re here to do some of the legwork for you. Many of us are ex-felons and we know what questions to research to help you apply for jobs.

We’ll tell you things like: Does Labor Finders do background checks? Does Labor Finders hire people with misdemeanors? Plus, we’ve got some great interview advice.

Does Labor Finders hire felons?

Does Labor Finders hire felons as temporary staff

Official company policy for hiring felons

We can’t say right now because we’re in the middle of contacting the company. Their website doesn’t explain. But, there are online comments from staff that say Labor Finders does hire felons.

Labor Finders hired felons in the past?

Yes, according to online comments from former felons, they have.

Does Labor Finders hire people with misdemeanors?

We’re not sure. However, if they hire ex-felons, it’s safe to say that they hire people with misdemeanors too.

Is Labor Finders on the Ban the Box list?

If you’re asking does Labor Finders hire felons using Ban the Box, no, they don’t. Businesses that support the program “ban” the criminal record checkbox from their job applications. In other words, you aren’t required to say whether you have a criminal record or not on the application. They judge you on your skills and experience first.

The other program that helps former felons apply for work is the Fair Chance Business Pledge. Companies take the pledge to treat all applicants fairly, even if they have a felony or misdemeanor record. We’re sorry to tell you that Labor Finders doesn’t support the Fair Chance Business Pledge either.

Does Labor Finders have special programs for hiring felons?

They don’t. Actually, very few companies do.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

High likelihood of being hired with a felony

Our research tells us that the odds are high. This is for a few reasons:

  1. The official policy isn’t on their website and we’re still in the process of contacting them, so we don’t know where they stand.
  2. There are no special programs to get a job at Labor Finders with a felony.
  3. The company doesn’t support Ban the Box or the Fair Chance Business Pledge.
  4. Employees say online that Labor Finders does hire people with criminal histories.
  5. The company hires for a variety of temporary work, so chances are good that some employers will accept you with a criminal background.

What are some entry-level jobs?

Labor Finders helps people find temporary jobs as well as permanent employment. They find staff for many different industries, so it’s not hard to find entry-level opportunities.

For instance, if you have a high school diploma, you could apply for work in construction as a digger. You might also qualify to be a warehouse worker or retail stocker.

No high school diploma? Don’t worry! Here are entry-level job examples that don’t require one: General laborer, road worker, landscaper, mover and truck unloader.

They also have a large number of work-from-home positions available in many places. If you’re new to this type of working environment check out this list of tips to make it easier.

How to get hired at Labor Finders with a felony

Check out the Labor Finders website first. You can search for job openings by entering your location and the type of job you’re looking for. Apply online for positions.

Better yet, contact your local Labor Finders office and arrange to come by. The company has over 200 offices across the United States, so there’s likely one near you. See our guide to writing a good resume to take with you.

Remember, first impressions count. Here’s how to prepare for your interview

  • Study up on how Labor Finders works:
    • Staffing agencies match your skills with job openings, so be ready to talk about your experience and qualifications.
    • Show your strengths and weaknesses and what you’re working to improve to help them suggest a good job opportunity.
    • Be honest about your criminal background and they can find work where this won’t be a problem.
  • Review what people say online about how to get hired at Labor Finders:
    • Glassdoor reviewers rate the interview process as easy — 1.8 out of 5 stars.
    • 62% say they had a positive interview experience.
    • Reading reviews can help you get ready for common interview questions.
  • Prepare to talk about your work ethic:
    • Labor Finders stakes their reputation on finding reliable staff for their clients.
    • Many of the job openings list a strong work ethic as a requirement.
    • Don’t be afraid to say how you did a good job on prison assignments.
  • Take some questions with you:
    • Even after reading Labor Finders website, make sure you really understand the steps to finding work through them.
    • Ask their advice about anything you can do to improve your chances to get a job at Labor Finders with a felony or misdemeanor.
    • Be clear about how things work like when you’ll get paid, if there are sick days or vacation pay, etc.

Finally, don’t hold out for your dream job or even a permanent position. Be realistic. The more Labor Finders sees that you’re cooperative and eager to find work, the more success you’ll have. You might even be matched with a temporary position that could lead to something permanent that really makes you happy!

Does Labor Finders do background checks?

Yes, according to online comments from staff, they do. It’s unclear what they check. It may depend on the client that has the job opening. Therefore, be prepared that they might verify any information you give them.

Here’s what we know about how background check are done by state:

Fortunately, a number of states only go back seven years to check your criminal record. Here they are:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

The states below don’t want to know about charges where you were found not guilty:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

Be warned! No matter what your criminal history is, these states want to know about it and that means they’ll look at your whole record:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

On Glassdoor, 125 people give Labor Finders 3.2 out of 5 stars. Only 59% of them say they’d recommend the company to a friend, although 78% like the CEO. Here are the pros and cons given:

Pros:

  • Get paid daily
  • Equipment provided for the job
  • Always work available
  • Quick start up on jobs
  • Excellent work sites
  • Variety of interesting work

Cons:

  • Many jobs are temporary
  • Some jobs are part-time
  • Work may change unexpectedly
  • Low pay

There are 1,300 staff on Indeed that give Labor Finders a score of 3.6 out of 5. People liked the company best for work life balance, management and culture. What’s more, Labor Finders rates above average on these three scales:

  1. Work happiness — Do people feel happy at work most of the time?
  2. Learning — Do people feel they often learn something at work?
  3. Energy — Do people feel energized by most of their work tasks?

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

It’s going to be more difficult to get a job at Labor Finders with a felony conviction for assault. When the company screens you to send you out on a job, they need to be sure that you can get along with others at the worksite. Their clients trust them to send hard-working, cooperative people who don’t have any temper control issues.

Some jobs may require you to be a licensed driver. If you have a criminal history of driving offenses, you might not get insured to drive company vehicles. DUI charges in your background will raise another red flag for Labor Finders. If you have a substance abuse problem, they may worry that you won’t show up for work some days. Get ready to explain how you got in trouble with the law and what you’ve done to address any addiction issues.

Does Labor Finders drug test?

Some job postings say that you have to pass a drug test to be hired, so it probably depends on the position.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Not everyone has worked with a staffing agency before, so help us out! Tell us what you know firsthand!

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Sandy Bell-Murray
Reentry Educator

Sandy Bell-Murray worked for more than thirty years for the Ontario public service, mainly in adult and youth justice. She began as a Probation and Parole Officer, then became a policy analyst, program supervisor and manager. Currently, she delivers workshops focused on building personal resilience and managing stress. She is an active member of Toastmasters International.