You’ve heard all the reasons why employers shouldn’t shun candidates with a criminal record. Just as a reminder, here are a few:
- 30% of Americans have a criminal record; felony arrests, not necessarily convictions.
- Filling jobs is harder every day. Eliminating someone solely because of a conviction in their past narrows your talent pool.
- Governments are passing laws to encourage the hiring of ex-offenders.
- You may qualify for a tax credit for every ex-felon you hire.
- SHRM even launched an initiative this year to encourage employers to hire ex-offenders.
Shelley Winner makes some of those points in her talk to a San Francisco DisruptHR group. She mentions celebrity ex-cons Robert Downey Jr. and Tim Allen when she says, “Having a criminal record does not mean a lack of talent.”
But the power in this presentation comes not from the data; it comes from the personal story this computer service specialist tells. As Winner says, “Companies need the best employees. Not just the best employees [without] a criminal record.” The story is about one of these employees.
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