policies for hiring felons

1. Job applications: Applicants for classified, nonsafety-sensitive positions no longer will find a box on their applications asking whether they have any felony convictions. Applicants for safety-sensitive positions, including those for police, firefighter/paramedics, dispatchers and Akron Public Schools employees, still will be required to check this box on their applications.

2. Rule change: Removes a requirement that applicants confirm by their signature if they have been convicted of a crime or have a pending arrest. The “character and personal fitness” rule now says the Civil Service Commission may accept or reject applicants “based on local, state and federal laws, licensing requirements, job relatedness, nature and seriousness of the conviction(s), the recency of the conviction(s), and the employment history of the applicant since the conviction(s), and any other relevant factors.”

3. New conviction policy: People convicted of violent, sexual or drug-related offenses may not be hired for five years after completing their imposed sentences. Those convicted of other felonies may not be hired for three years. People convicted of misdemeanors are ineligible while on probation. Disqualified applicants may appeal.