Criminal convictions often conclude with the imposition of direct sanctions that can include fines, fees, community service, community supervision, and/or incarceration. However, the collateral consequences of convictions are far-reaching. Often, these collateral sanctions unduly impede an individual’s reintegration efforts. This is particularly true for those seeking employment. However, New York law stipulates rights and responsibilities for employers and job seekers with criminal records .

New York has laws that govern the employability of people with criminal records and laws that directly impact the employability of these individuals. In order to understand the long-term effect of a criminal record, it is important to have a general understanding of New York State’s employment law, correction law, and criminal procedure law.

The employment section of this website will provide an overview of the collateral consequences of a conviction in employment. We suggest that you begin by looking at the Summary of Collateral Consequences in Employment. There, you will find an overview of the New York laws that protect individuals with criminal convictions from discrimination based on their conviction record, sealing statutes, information about employment and occupational licensing bars, as well and New York’s certificates of rehabilitation. From there, look through the links, cases and articles for additional useful resources and publications.