Goose Meets Gander at White House, Denied Entry

White House Door Isn’t Always Open to Ex-Cons Visitors with a criminal record say roadblocks show a disconnect with Obama’s message of redemption Colleen McCain Nelson, Gary Fields The Wall Street Journal Aug. 23, 2015 6:00 a.m. ET President Barack Obama, as part of his push to overhaul the criminal-justice system, has said ex-offenders should… Continue reading Goose Meets Gander at White House, Denied Entry

Labor Department and Criminal Background Checks

In July 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor has recently released its Federal Contractor Compliance Manual.  The 536-page manual and comes from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).  Federal Contract Compliance Manual (FCCM), U.S. Dep’t. of Labor, July 2013, available at http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/fccm/FCCM_FINAL_508c.pdf.  According to the OFCCP, the manual provides new and experienced compliance officers… Continue reading Labor Department and Criminal Background Checks

AG Holder and Secretary Perez Tour Jail; Tout Jobs

On July 29, 2014, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Labor Secretary Tom Perez toured a correctional facility in Boyds, Maryland touting the benefits of jobs and education programs for inmates to help them prepare for a work life after prison.  As reported by NPR, Secretary Perez said that “We have 2,700 American job centers… Continue reading AG Holder and Secretary Perez Tour Jail; Tout Jobs

Executive Orders

On July 31, 2014, the White House announced that President Obama was signing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order to require federal contractors to disclose their violations of labor and civil rights laws, which would include violations of Title VII discrimination on the basis of race.

Champions of Change

In early-2014, the White House has an initiative, Champions of Change, where it highlights that The best ideas come from the American people. Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has a part to play. All across the country, ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the… Continue reading Champions of Change

Business Leaders and Policy Makers Meet at White House: How Government Can Help—or Hinder—Employment for Ex-Cons

On July 1, 2014, according to a blog posting from the Council of State Governments, “[b]usiness executives and policymakers found common ground during a meeting at the White House on Monday designed to review ways in which government can help—or hinder—efforts to improve employment outcomes for people with criminal records.”  The program, “Pathways to Prosperity:… Continue reading Business Leaders and Policy Makers Meet at White House: How Government Can Help—or Hinder—Employment for Ex-Cons

My Brother’s Keeper

In February 2014, President Obama announced an initiative My Brother’s Keeper, “to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.” In May 2014, the White House issued a task force report that included a number of recommendations, including to address… Continue reading My Brother’s Keeper