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McDonalds

No Felon Restrictions

Multiple Cities, *Multiple States
Min. Wage+
  • Food Service
We believe in flexible schedules that fit into the way you live your life and can help you reach your goals. We’ll also give you the mentor-ship and guidance you need to succeed. Apply for a position online, or in person at your local McDonalds restaurant today.
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Olive Garden

Felon Restrictions Depend on Location

Multiple Cities, *Multiple States
Negotiable
  • Food Service
  • Retail/Sales
When you work at Olive Garden, you're family. To help every team member to succeed, we offer extensive training, flexible schedules, competitive benefits, and a place you can call home. Apply for a job now, online, and join our team. Felon restrictions apply based on location, and person hiring.
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PetSmart

No Felon Retrictions

Multiple Cities, *Multiple States
$8+/hr
  • Retail/Sales
  • Warehouse
PetSmart hire ex-felons throughout america in (almost) all stores. Apply online, or at your local PetSmart for a job position, in one of the many fields of interest, including cashier, store stocker, management, and more!
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Red Lobster

Felon Restrictions Depend on Location

Multiple Cities, *Multiple States
$4.87-$12/hr
  • Food Service
  • Retail/Sales
A Red Lobster job could become a career. No matter where you start, it’s the opportunity to learn, grow and have fun while doing it. Red lobster's starting pay is $4.87 for servers / waiters, and $8.00 for hostesses. Payscale increases with position, and location. Apply online today for a job position in your city.
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Red Robin

No Felon Restrictions

Multiple Cities, *Multiple States
Negotiable
  • Customer Service
  • Food Service
Red Robin is seeking high quality workers for their restaurants in every city, nationwide. Red Robin is a felony friendly employer. You can also apply online, but only for some cities.
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Ross Dress for Less

No Felon Restrictions

Multiple Cities, *Multiple States
$7.60+/hr
  • Customer Service
  • Retail/Sales
Our company relies on our retail associates and management teams to deliver great clothing, and products to customers. Ross dress for less is a known felony friendly employer, and you can search, and apply online today. We have flexible hour, and we recruit from within, for better positions.
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Sears

Felon Restrictions Depend on Location

Multiple Cities, *Multiple States
$7.60+/hr
  • General Labor
  • Retail/Sales
In 1925, the first Sears store opened on the west side of Chicago. Over 80 years later, Sears now operates over 930 stores across all 50 states. Come join our team, apply today online.
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Target Stores

Violent felon Restriction

Multiple Cities, *Multiple States
$8+/hr
  • Customer Service
  • General Labor
  • Retail/Sales
At Target you’ll play a key role in getting to know our guests better, making their lives simpler and providing them with the best shopping experience ever. From cashier, to team leader, there are many positions open throughout America. Apply online today for a job in your city.
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Tyson Foods

No Felon Restrictions

Multiple Cities, *Multiple States
8.25+/hr
  • General Labor
  • Transport/Trucking
  • Warehouse
Tyson is one of the worlds largest supplier of chicken, beef, and pork, and prepared foods. Transporting, production, and professional positions available at many cities throughout America. Search for job openings and apply online today. Tyson foods is an equal opportunity, and felony friendly employer.
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A research study published by a university in Texas surveyed employer attitudes toward hiring exoffenders. Only 12% said that they were willing to hire these applicants. However, 51% said that they would hire ex-offenders if they were bonded.

What the Federal Bonding Program Is:
It is a federal tool, to help a job applicant, obtain employment, and keep it. The program issues Fidelity Bonds, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

What a Fidelity Bond Is:
Fidelity Bond, through the federal bonding program, is a business insurance policy, that will protect the employer from theft, or property damage, from a dishonest employee. It is a "guarantee," that the new employer, will be an honest worker. The Fidelity Bonds issued under the Federal Bonding Program are insurance policies of the Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of America. The McLaughlin Company in Washington, DC, is the agent for Travelers in managing the program nation wide.


This Bond Can Help You Get Employed:
If you are an ex-offender (Felony, Misdemeanor), or you have a high risk factor, in your background, this bond is given freely, to the employer, as an incentive to hire you. The employer can then hire you, and utilize your skills, without taking a risk, of you being dishonest, while working there.

What The Bond Insurance Covers:
The bond insures the employer, in case of embezzlement, larceny, forgery, or theft. It does not cover job injuries, or poor workmanship.

How To Get Federally Bonded:

You must receive a job offer first, and the employer has to have a date for you to start working for them. The Fidelity Bond insurance policy will then be issued to the employer, from The Mclaughlin Company, of Washington, DC, underwritten through the Travelers Insurance Company. While your local workforce representative, usually informs employers, there are still many that don't know of the federal bonding program. Make sure to inform the employer about this federal proram.

Bond Coverage Amount:
The bond covers $ 5,000, with no cost to you, or the employer, and no deductible. Employers can apply for larger bond amounts, if necessary.

Get More Information On Federal Bonding:

Job Seekers Call:  1-877-US2-JOBS

Employers Call: 1-800-233-2258 ex.246
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for the location of the workforce office/one-stop center nearest to your home.
 
Tennessee Federal Bonding Program
Job Service Program & Technical Support Section
Tennessee Department of Employment Security
500 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37245
615-741-3780
615-741-6392 fax
What is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit?
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (W.O.T.C.) is a federal tax credit for for-profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire
individuals convicted of a felony and hired within one year after the date of the conviction or release from prison. The tax credit has eight targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.

How much can the employer earn:
WOTC can be as much as $ 2,400. It is based on qualified wages paid to the new hire for the first-year of employment. Generally, qualified wages are capped at $ 6,000 The credit is 25% of qualified first-year wages for those employed at least 120 hours and 40% for those employed 400 hours or more.

The reason employers should use this opportunity:
Employers make the hiring decision.
There is no limit to the number of new hires who can qualify the employer for the tax savings.
There is minimal paperwork needed to claim the WOTC.


Tennessee Coordinator
Tennessee Department of Labor 7 Workforce Development
500 James Robertson Pkwy.
Davy Crockett Tower, 11th Floor
Nashville, TN 37245
615-741-6473
615-532-1612 fax

National Coordinator
Carmen Ortiz
Washington, D.C.
202-693-2786
Tennessee Department of Labor
Andrew Johnson Tower, 8th Floor

710 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-6642
615-741-5078 fax

Criminal Records Repository
The Criminal Records Repository is where individuals can order their police record or "rap sheet." Tennessee is considered a "closed record" state i.e. the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will not provide criminal history information. The subject of a criminal record may go to any County Court Clerk and request a criminal history background check to be run in that particular county.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
901 R.S. Gass Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37216
615-744-4000
Web Site: www.tbi.state.tn.us/divisionswww.tbi.state.tn.us/divisions


Prison Industry Program
TRICOR
240 Great Circle Rd., Suite 310
Nashville, TN 37228
615-741-5705
615-741-2696 fax
Web Site: www.tricor.org/www.tricor.org/

Work Release Program
Tennessee Department of Correction
Ground Floor, Rachel Jackson Building
320 6th Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-1000
Web Site: www.state.tn.us/correction/www.state.tn.us/correction/

Pre-Release Program
Tennessee Department of Correction
Ground Floor, Rachel Jackson Building
320 6th Ave. North
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-1000
Web Site: www.state.tn.us/correction/www.state.tn.us/correction/

Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole
Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole
Parkway Towers, Suite 1300
404 James Robertson Pkwy.
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-4543
 

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