Second Chance Employment

“Approximately 70-100 million men and women in the U.S. have a criminal record – which means that nearly one in three individuals will struggle to obtain meaningful employment. Businesses have the power to turn this around. More and more businesses are considering the idea of second chance employment – hiring individuals with a criminal record. Employers benefit by having a highly motivated and eager talent pool of individuals hungry for a second chance and willing to do what it takes to get the job done.

"Second chance employment is beneficial to employers... Employers also gain enthusiastic, motivated, and persistent candidates that are begging to be tapped. Communities also benefit through the creation of a more inclusive workforce and a true second chance for the tens of millions of men and women with a criminal record.”

Source: THE SHRMBlog on January 29, 2021 at 9 am https://blog.shrm.org/blog/second-chance-hiring-how-employment-can-change-someones-life

Read the article Rebuilding Together from the March 29 issue to learn more about the benefits of becoming a second chance employer.

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Resources for Second Chance Employers

"The U.S. Department of Labor established The Federal Bonding Program in 1966 to provide Fidelity Bonds for “at-risk,” hard-to-place job seekers. The bonds cover the first six months of employment at no cost to the job applicant or the employer."

"The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a Federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain targeted groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment."

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