Getting Talent Back to Work

Nearly 700,000 people are released from prison each year and are locked out of the job market. Those who have served their time should not be “re-sentenced” by employers, especially when businesses are experiencing a human capital crisis.

Join business leaders & pledge to consider all qualified candidates.

Access the resources you need to confidently evaluate the hiring of applicants with criminal records.

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Getting Talent Back to Work Pledge

I pledge to give opportunities to qualified people with a criminal record, deserving of a second chance. Open the Full Pledge


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Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit

The Toolkit empowers business and HR leaders to confidently evaluate applicants with criminal records by equipping them with the latest research, evidence-based best practices and industry guidance needed to reduce legal liability and increase inclusive hiring from this untapped talent pool. Read our Executive Summary.

Explore the Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit:

Compliance

Risk Analysis

Background Checks

Negligent Hiring

Interviewing & Assessment

Incentives & Support

Screening Guidance

Culture & Communication

ABOUT

The Getting Talent Back to Work initiative is led by SHRM, in partnership with Koch Industries, to end outdated, non-inclusive hiring practices. In response to the First Step Act becoming law, the movement is the next step to getting those with criminal histories a fair chance at employment.

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About SHRM: As the voice of all things work, worker and the workplace, SHRM is shaping the way employers and employees thrive together. We are the driver of social and economic change in the workplace, and we foster mutually beneficial work environments that serve both business and employees. SHRM impacts more than 115 million employees through the work of its more than 300,000 HR and business leaders globally.  Follow the conversation at #WeAreWork.

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“Creating Better Workplaces”

Join us for an immersive opportunity to hear innovative ideas on solutions that benefit work, the worker and the workplace from Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO, SHRM; Martha Stewart; Brené Brown, University of Houston; Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS Shoes.

June 23-26, 2019 | Las Vegas