Fair Chance Hiring is an incredibly impactful practice to take on, especially considering that one third of Americans have a criminal record. Here at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, we believe that we are not the worst of our mistakes. Therefore, we strongly encourage businesses and nonprofit organizations to create an inclusive hiring practice that selects candidates on their qualifications, rather than their past mistakes.
In order to become Fair Chance Business Certified, businesses must:
- Remove all questions about criminal records from the initial job application form;
- If you must ask about a criminal background, delay asking until the applicant is given a conditional offer.
- Give employees a chance to see any background checks you run.
For more information, please e-mail Kristen Powers: kristen at scsj.org
For a list of resources, see below:
- SCSJ’s What is Fair Chance Hiring?
- Fair Chance Hiring Terminology
- NELP’s Fair Chance/Ban the Box Toolkit