Fair Chance Hiring Resources

This section is for employers who are willing to hire people with a criminal record. In the list below, we provide online toolkits and hiring platforms to help fair chance employers.

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Checkr's Courses for Fair Chance Employers

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Checkr is a national company that conducts background checks. It is also a leader in the fair chance employment effort. As part of this work, the company is posting a free course and assessment to help employers implement fair chance hiring practices. Click on the website to learn more. The time commitment for the course is about two hours.

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Getting Talent Back to Work Certificate from SHRM

The Getting Talent Back to Work certificate is a program created by the Society for Human Resource Management. The 10-hour program provides hiring managers, HR professionals, and others with the information and tools they need to attract, hire, and retain people with criminal records. It's completely free and open to all. You do not need to be a SHRM member, and you do not need to hold a SHRM credential to engage with the content, take the course, and earn the Getting Talent Back to Work certificate. Click on the website link to learn more.

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Prosper CO

Prosper CO is an effort to identify and understand the disparities in economic prosperity and develop a range of solutions to close the gaps. If you're an employer looking to learn more, start with their TOP 10 list, linked below. Step 4 is how to show your commitment to fair chance hiring.

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Second Chance Business Coalition

The Second Chance Business Coalition is a coalition of large private companies committed to expanding second chance, also known as fair chance, hiring practices. Co-chairs Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and Craig Arnold of Eaton write: "When people are given a fair opportunity to participate in the workforce, our economy and society are stronger. That is why we’re proud to serve as co-chairs of the Second Chance Business Coalition. Our goal is to encourage the nation’s largest employers to give more people with criminal backgrounds a second chance at the dignity of a good job and a better life for themselves and their families." The website provides tools and resources for companies that want to hire people with a criminal record.

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Untapped Talent by Jeffrey Korzenik

Untapped Talent: How Second Chance Hiring Works for Your Business and the Community was written by Jeffrey Korzenik, chief investment strategist for a commercial bank. Released in April 2021, you can get a copy from The Tattered Cover now. Jeff participated in our own Fair Chances Hiring Event in March and gave an inspiring talk making the business case for fair chance hiring. "You are not a burden. You are a resource," Jeff writes in his book's Note to the Currently Incarcerated, setting the tone to the work for all of us who care about fair chance hiring.

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