Helping employers confidently hire individuals with a criminal background.
“Our formerly incarcerated employees aren't just 'nonproblems.' They're role models in terms of performance, attendance and teamwork. They have an especially strong incentive to deliver value because they've seen the alternative, and in the overwhelming majority of cases, they deliver.”
— Gretchen Peterson, CHRO, Dave’s Killer Bread
Free, multi-faceted educational journey will launch in 2020
Many people with a criminal record have made a single mistake.For millions, that mistake was shoplifting, passing a bad check or having an argument turn into a fight. Nearly one-third of the adult working-age population has a criminal record, and because of a single mistake they will face huge obstacles to achieving gainful employment.Research shows that job applicants with criminal records are proving to be a viable workplace solution and a valuable talent force for many organizations.
Her remarkable story has made headlines in the news. Now hear why Alice Marie Johnson, who was released from prison as a result of the First Step Act, supports giving those in similar positions second chances for meaningful employment. Join Alice and take the pledge today.
On June 14, 2019, SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.,SHRM-SCP spoke at the White House about the importance of second-chance hiring and the critical role that HR professionals can play. Join the hundreds of companies and individuals who have pledged to consider all their qualified applicants.
The promise of the First Step Act will never be fulfilled if people coming out of prison remain locked out of the workforce. SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP explains why giving these individuals second chances isn’t just the right thing to do, it is good for business and society.
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I pledge to give opportunities to qualified people with a criminal record, deserving of a second chance.