July 2015 Newsletter
Below are some updates on how we are working to promote equal opportunity and fair hiring:
On May 18th the National H.I.R.E. Network had the pleasure of co-hosting a Southern Regional Summit on Fair Hiring to provide employers and other key stakeholders comprehensive hands-on guidance on the best practices (http://hirenetwork.org/sites/default/files/Best-Practices-Standards-The-Proper-Use-of-Criminal-Records-in-Hiring.pdf) for dealing with job candidates with criminal records. Click here (http://hirenetwork.org/content/southern-regional-summit-fair-hiring) to view more about the conference and videos taken of each of the four panels. The summit, in short, covered the following topics:
● Complying with the complex and overlapping requirements of FCRA, Title VII, and negligent hiring
● Ensuring that reports of criminal history are accurate and up to date
● Risk analysis
● Public/private partnerships that help employers connect with qualified workers with records
● Experience of employers that succeeded in hiring qualified applicants with records
In late October 2015 we will be hosting a Midwestern Regional Summit on Fair Hiring. Stay tuned!
We need your help! If you or someone you know has benefitted from the implementation of a "Ban the Box" policy where an employer (a company or government agency) did not ask about criminal record information on the job application but asked at the time a conditional offer of employment was given, please tell us your story. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) and let us know your name, the name of the employer (company or agency), the job applied for, the city and state where you applied, and whether or not you got the job. Please also share when and how the criminal history information was later provided (i.e. Did the employer have you to fill out a second application?; Were you asked to provide a written statement about your history?). We hope to collect stories that we may use to motivate other employers to adopt a fair hiring policy that will allow qualified workers with records of arrest and prosecution (RAP sheets) to have a fair opportunity to compete for jobs. If you are someone we can count on to submit testimony in support of fair hiring policies like "Ban the Box" in the future on the federal level or in other jurisdictions, please let us know.
We look forward to hearing from you.