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Aspects of the Labor Laws for the Practical Activity of the Probation Officer - An Analysis of the Possibilities and Duties of the Probation/Parole Officer in Relation to the Provision of Employment Assistance to Clients With Special Attention to the Position of the Parole Officer According to Curre

NCJ Number
Bewaehrungshilfe Volume: 29 Issue: 4 Dated: (1982) Pages: 332-356
K P Mueller-Engelmann
Date Published
25 pages
Serving as employment brokers is one of the most significant forms of assistance rendered clients by the probation/parole officers in West Germany. It also illustrates the constraints under which 'assistance' efforts are stymied by the 'supervision' role and its requirements to reveal incriminatory information on clients.
Eighteen case examples derived from employment service records illustrate the dilemmas of probation officers trying to obtain jobs or assure continued employment of probationers despite their criminal backgrounds and ongoing behavior problems. Each case is explained in terms of the labor law issues involved, the probation/parole officers' responsibilities, and their options in protecting the interests of their clients without deceiving employers. The cases illustrate juvenile and adult employment situations, client illness and pregnancy, information falsification, disruptive behavior at work, employment contracts, and various conditions regarding termination of employment. In training probation/parole officers, more emphasis should be placed on understanding the labor laws, since this area is among the most significant of the probation/parole services. A total of 55 references are given.