From the Georgia Justice Project (GJP):
Prior to COVID-19, Georgia employers were already struggling to fill empty positions and retain qualified workers and growing labor shortages have been accelerated by the pandemic. One viable solution many employers have turned to is Second Chance Hiring. Second Chance Hiring, in its broadest sense, is looking at the pool of over 4.3 million people in Georgia, and over 70 million nationwide, who have a criminal history to find dedicated and available employees.
The Georgia Justice Project, in partnership with the Georgia Chamber, is hosting a virtual conversation to take an in-depth look at Second Chance Hiring on Friday, December 3rd, at 8:30 AM.
Topics will include:
- Liability protections in Georgia for employers who engage in Second Chance Hiring
- Georgia’s new expungement law and what convictions are now eligible for record sealing
- Practical tips and guidance for employers engaging in Second Chance Hiring
- Hear from Georgia employers who have successfully implemented Second Chance Hiring policies
Speakers will include:
- Chris Clark, Georgia Chamber
- Meg Taylor, Delta Airlines
- Lloyd Martin, CKS Packaging
- Charlie Bingham, Microsoft, GJP Board Member
- Georgia Justice Project attorneys & employment specialist
This event is a continuation of discussions held at previous events hosted by GJP and the Georgia Chamber. In August, GJP and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta collaborated on an event to present the business case for Second Chance Hiring – that it benefits both individuals who seek employment and economic opportunity, as well as companies who need to expand their talent pool and want to advance racial equity in hiring. In response to inquiries for more information, GJP compiled this Employer Resource List. Also in August, the Georgia Chamber hosted a one-day conference called Transforming Talent: Addressing Georgia’s Current & Growing Labor Shortage. Second Chance Hiring was a topic repeatedly highlighted by participants as one solution to this challenging issue.
Click here to register for the December 3rd event.