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Second Chance Hiring

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

For job applicants with a criminal record, past deeds have often acted as the ultimate Scarlet Letter during the hiring process. That's because many employers included a standard question on job applications asking all applicants to check a box if they had ever been convicted of a crime - a step that often was tantamount to automatically eliminating them from consideration.

But that is increasingly changing as the trend of second chance hiring for individuals with a criminal history is on the rise. In fact, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has made second chance hiring a top priority in urging its members to give serious consideration to the formerly incarcerated as job candidates.

Below are some considerations for employers to consider in evaluating individuals with a criminal history.

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