|The Oklahoma City Chamber and the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) recently released a toolkit for businesses that outlines the process of becoming a fair-chance employer. Fair-chance hiring is built on the premise that everyone, regardless of their background, should be fairly assessed for a role they are qualified for, including those with criminal histories. And since one in three working-age adults has some sort of criminal background, becoming a fair-chance employer can help expand your talent pool.
The handbook outlines important legal and ethical implications, discusses the important culture shifts that must take place within a company, and offers resources to help employers get started. The toolkit, which was created with input from the vocational re-entry team at Moore Norman Technology Center, also includes information about incentives that may be available to employers who hire justice-involved individuals.