The National H.I.R.E. Network is committed to working closely with workforce professionals to:
- Be knowledgeable about barriers to employment, including state laws that affect individuals with criminal records and effective strategies to address them.
- Address soft skills and other practical issues that affect the employability of individuals with criminal records, including obtaining identification and other documentation necessary for job seekers.
- Understand the process of background checks and the distinction between arrest and conviction, sealing and expungement, and certificates of rehabilitation.
- Utilize successful strategies for counseling clients on answering questions completely, directly, and honestly.
- Identify “friendly” employers and ways to provide employers with access to qualified workers while protecting themselves from negligent hiring concerns, and maximizing cost-savings.
The Use of Honesty Tests
The Million Dollar Question: Do You Have a List of Employers Who Hire People with Criminal Histories?
Model Practices to Promote the Employment of People with Criminal Records
Effective Strategies to Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Criminal Records
Research to Practice: Developing a Research Agenda
Labor Forecasting: Where Will the Jobs Be in the Future?
The Connection Between Research and Practice: Why Both Are Critically Important to Our Work