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    Practical Strategies for Hiring Applicants with Criminal Records (SMA)

    Date: June 14, 2023, 7:30am – 9:30am
    One Digital
    195 Scott Swamp Road, Suite 100
    Farmington, CT 06032
    $25 SMA Members and other Chapters; $35 Guests
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    Employers are intrigued by the idea of second chance hiring because it has the potential to solve social problems and unlock a largely untapped supply of potential job applicants. However, employers need an easy way to take steps in this direction while also mitigating hiring risks. Attendees of this session will learn easy to implement techniques to adapt their hiring process to be more inclusive of those with a criminal record.  We’ll cover compliance with existing and emerging regulatory requirements, the fair chance spectrum (it’s not all or nothing), and practical techniques to determine if a record is related to the job.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Overview of State & Federal Regulatory Requirements
    • The Spectrum of Fair Chance Options Available to Employers
    • Adjustments to Job Postings and Interviews
    • Techniques for Determining the Job-Relevancy of Criminal Records
    • Individualized Assessment Steps



    John McTighe
    Founder of Fair Screen

    John is a proven leader in the background screening industry with over 20 years of professional leadership experience. In his career, he has helped to pioneer screening methods and accuracy standards in the industry which have improved the quality of background checks nationwide.

    In 2021, John became the Founder of Fair Screen…a new type of background check firm which combines his knowledge of fast and accurate background checks with the tools to help employers use them more fairly. This includes proprietary job relevancy scoring, and helping employers fulfill their regulatory obligations such as adverse action notifications and the individualized assessment process.

    John is a frequent speaker about background screening compliance and best practices at human resources events around the country. He has achieved Advanced Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) certification from the Professional Background Screeners Association.