Second Chance Hiring - How Employment Can Change Someone's Life


Imagine for a moment that you spend months or years apart from your loved ones – locked in a prison or jail cell that may be hundreds of miles away from your family, your partner and children, your friends and community. Imagine that you are completely separated and secluded from the world that you once called your home. When you are released from incarceration, you immediately begin to reconnect with your loved ones and try to regain a sense of normalcy.

Like most people who leave incarceration, your primary and most...


How One Background Screening Company Supports Second Chances


Applying for jobs can be strenuous and nerve-wracking. The applications are tedious, and the waiting period in-between interviews and feedback can be trying. The question about criminal history is one that many applicants don’t think twice about. They can check no and move on. However, there’s a large pool of applicants who won’t even apply for the job knowing they have to answer that one question.

Between 70 to 100 million Americans have some type of criminal record, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. That’s almost one-third of individuals that...


Solving the Skills Gap Through Prison to Workforce Pipeline


What if I told you that right now business has the ability to solve today’s skills gap? Would you believe me? The fact is, we do. And it all starts with changing the way we think about, view and support people with criminal backgrounds. As the Chief Social Responsibility Officer for a company that trains and hires incarcerated women, I know this: if we broaden the lens we use to identify talent and future potential, we will enable our companies to flourish, build stronger communities and boost the economy. How amazing...


How a Second Chance Culture Helps Employees Succeed


For many people, receiving a Second Chance and being given a job after being released from prison is life-changing. But their success depends on more than just being hired. It’s about the environment that they are hired into.

Crystal is the community outreach coordinator for Dave's Killer Bread. Ten years after receiving a second chance opportunity with the company following her release, Crystal is thriving in her role. She credits the culture at Dave’s Killer Bread, and describes her experience as an employee partner at Dave's this way:

"Dave's Killer Bread...


Second Chance Month - Blog Series Recap


This month, SHRM celebrated Second Chance Month by featuring a series of blogs from business owners—many of whom were formerly incarcerated themselves—and workplace influencers writing about hiring those who have criminal records. 

Second Chance Month highlights the need to improve re-entry for citizens returning to society and reduce recidivism. One of the primary ways to achieve this is by providing an opportunity for gainful employment, since studies show the single most important predictor in recidivism is joblessness. 

Here at SHRM, we’re working on creating second chances through the Getting Talent Back...


Three Tips to Provide a Positive Workplace Environment for Employees in Alcohol Recovery

I've tried to quit drinking more times than I can remember during my lifetime. I'm in long-term drug recovery from meth, a drug known for the psychological cravings being arguably the most difficult to overcome. Not a single day goes by that I don't think about how difficult kicking alcohol is compared to meth. Alcohol is all around us. It's on billboards driving to work, on radio ads while we listen to music at work, and encouraged for happy hour after we get off work.

My company is located in a shared coworking...


#Nextchat RECAP: What Would You Do with More Time?


On April 24, @shrmnextchat chatted with Joyce Maroney (@WF_Institute), founder and executive director, Workforce Institute at Kronos Inc. about "What Would You Do with More Time?" and how to efficiently manage time, the meaning of work-life fit, and best practices for productivity in your workplace. If you missed this excellent #Nextchat filled with great tips for maximizing your time, you can read all of the tweets HERE or below




Does an Employee Have An ADA ‘Disability’if it Substantially Limits The Major Life Activity of ‘Working’?


Ever since the amendments to the Americans with Disability Act took effect in 2009, management-side employment lawyers have preached to clients that they should focus more on accommodating a disability rather than whether an employee has a disability in the first place.

But, what if you have an employee who seeks an accommodation — time off — for a condition that she claims impacts her ability to work?


This is the elevator-speech set of facts from this Sixth Circuit opinion from last...


Why Holocaust Remembrance Matters Now More Than Ever


Every year, I write a blog for SHRM on Holocaust Remembrance.   

This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) is next week on May 2, 2019.

This year, we are posting the blog early. Reason: so HR has time to consider some sort of Holocaust commemoration.

During the Holocaust, more than 11 million human beings were systematically murdered.  Plus, millions more died in battle. That includes American, British and other brave military forces that sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others.

Of course, every life is a universe. Every...