Does UPS Hire Felons? Answers Here!
Short Answer: Yes, UPS does hire felons for a number of different entry level positions including package handlers, driver helpers and seasonal positions. This does not mean they will hire all felons, it only means that they do not have a blanket policy against hiring felons.
First hand experiences
A few points to keep in mind when you are applying for jobs, this includes UPS and other companies. A company may employ a person with a felony but that will not hire everyone that has a felony. UPS will take into account many factors when considering you for a job/employment.
A few of these factors may include:
- Length of time since the completion of your sentance
- Type of felony conviction or specific charges
- If you have multiple felonies
While we were researching information about UPS we did uncover some some interesting information about UPS and their practices regarding their hiring process.
One source we found had this to say about UPS and felons:
“They hired me as a felon (grand theft) and gave me full time benefits and everything I could ever ask for. Amazing…. ”
Another source we found also was very encouraging and said:
“When I was working as a PO [Parole Officer] in Indianapolis I often referred my guys there and they usually hired them. It may be part-time, but they pay pretty good (it’s warehouse work) and have a great tuition repayment plan. It seemed like they were always hiring because it was hard, physical work and a lot of people didn’t stay very long. So give that a shot.”
Source: Prison Talk Forum
Background Check Limits
It is important to understand that some states have laws regarding how far back a criminal background check can go. Here are the laws.
Twelve states do not allow any felony conviction information older than seven years to be reported.
- New Hampshire*
- New York *
- Texas *
(* exceptions based on pay/salary)
Some states will not report court cases where you were found NOT guilty: Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Alaska, California, New York and Michigan.
These states will report unlimited numbers of years back of felony convictions and also report NOT guilty verdicts: Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The official policy from UPS
We also spoke with a UPS company representative and was told that they do not have a blanket policy against hiring felons and that each applicant will be considered on a case by case basis. This is great news for felons.
If you are a convicted felon applying for a job at UPS you will most likely have the best luck by applying for part time warehouse positions. This is a labor intensive job that will be nothing but hard work day in and day out. Remember though you will be getting your foot in the door and this will lead you to much better positions and possibly into management.