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.

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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

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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:


Risk Analysis

Background Checks

Negligent Hiring

Interviewing & Assessment

Incentives & Support

Screening Guidance

Culture & Communication


The Getting Talent Back to Work initiative is led by SHRM, in partnership with Koch Industries, to end outdated, non-inclusive hiring practices.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.

“The world of work is changing and the policies governing work should too.”

Join us for a virtual news broadcast addressing the changing world of work featuring Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup; Beth Grous, Chief People Officer of TripAdvisor; Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO, SHRM; and other key thought leaders and HR business executives.

SHRM Live: State of the Workplace

Friday, February 1, 2019 | 1:00 p.m E.S.T.