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Supporting SHRM and ASA to Help Talent “Get Back to Work”

February 11, 2019 | News Blog

In January 2019, the American Staffing Association (ASA) joined with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to promote a new initiative, “Getting Talent Back to Work,” that helps talent with a criminal background find new employment opportunities.

The initiative is important for the U.S. labor market because of this statistic: more than 650,000 people re-enter society from prison each year. Yet, many of these individuals do not receive a second chance at employment opportunities.

We understand that many employers are concerned about hiring felons or other talent with a criminal record. That’s why it was important for the employment community to establish a uniform program that creates clarity in the process of recruiting, evaluating, and hiring these workers.

Implications for Employers Seeking Qualified Workers

One of the important aspects of the “Getting Talent Back to Work” program is the inclusion of a “Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit” developed by SHRM.

The toolkit is designed to help businesses “apply evidence-based best practices” for hiring talent with a criminal background. The kit also includes assistance to understand legal factors involved with each candidate and includes practical guidance on how to recruit talent that falls into this category.

It’s important to remember that not every person or case is the same. Each qualified individual should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. This will help you make informed hiring decisions when seeking qualified talent to fill your roles. You might just find the exact candidate to fill a critical need that will help your company grow.

Work with Allegiance Staffing Across the U.S.

Our award-winning staffing agency is sensitive to the needs of employers as it relates to working with individuals with a criminal background. Our approach is to work with both talent and employers at the local level. (And we just won the Clearly Rated Best of Staffing award for the 10th year in a row!)

Allegiance Staffing has 30 branch locations across 14 U.S. states. Contact the nearest branch location today to inquire about our services for employers to find a labor solution that fits your needs.

Additionally, review the toolkit and resources available at