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"Getting Talent Back to Work" toolkit presentation to the Marion County Reentry Coalition

Monday, November 25, 2019  
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IndySHRM’s Director of Workforce Readiness, in collaboration with Community Solutions, presented SHRM’s “Getting Talent Back to Work” hiring initiative to the MCRC: Marion County Reentry Coalition on November 14th. 

The MCRC is a coalition of organizations serve people re-entering the community after incarceration, providing opportunities for community providers and criminal justice agencies to collaborate, align resources, and share best practices aimed to enhance services for re-entrants in Indianapolis. 

  •  SHRM’s Getting Talent Back to Work toolkit empowers business and HR leaders to confidently evaluate applicants with criminal records by equipping them with the latest research, evidence-based best practices and industry guidance needed to reduce legal liability and increase inclusive hiring from this untapped talent pool. 
  • The Getting Talent Back to Work Initiative, created in partnership with Koch Industries, aims to end outdated, non-incluse hiring practices. In response to the First Step Act becoming law, the movement is the next step to getting those with criminal histories a fair chance at employment. 

This toolkit provides best practices to equip employers & business leaders with the necessary resources to confidently evaluate the hiring of applicants with criminal records.

  •  This equates to a largely untapped labor pool of almost 75 million people, totaling nearly one-third of adults in the United States, so maintaining outdated employment practices that present significant barriers to the hiring of individuals with criminal records in no longer a viable strategy for organizations.

Anchored at, stakeholders can access free resources organized into a comprehensive toolkit including: 

  • Compliance

  • Risk Analysis

  • Background Checks

  • Negligent Hiring

  • Interviewing & Assessment

  • Incentives & Support

  • Screening Guidance

  • Culture & Communication

The national unemployment rate remains sedentary under 4%, consequently necessitating organizations tap into previously untapped talent pools. Employer education and advocacy initiatives continue to gain traction, and businesses are more confidently providing hiring on ramps for talent formerly involved with the criminal justice system.