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MAYOR BRONIN URGES BUSINESSES TO SIGN PRESIDENT OBAMA’S “FAIR CHANCE BUSINESS PLEDGE”

MAYOR BRONIN URGES BUSINESSES TO SIGN PRESIDENT OBAMA’S “FAIR CHANCE BUSINESS PLEDGE”

“I’m urging Hartford businesses to sign onto President Obama’s ‘Fair Chance Business Pledge,’ helping us build stronger, safer communities by promoting second chances for individuals with criminal records — and sending a strong message during National Reentry Week.” — Mayor Luke Bronin

Hartford, Conn. (April 29, 2016) — Today, amid the inaugural National Reentry Week, Mayor Luke Bronin is encouraging Hartford businesses to sign onto President Obama’s “Fair Chance Business Pledge.” The pledge is a call-to-action for all members of the private sector to improve their communities by eliminating barriers for those with a criminal record and create a pathway for a second chance.
 
“It’s important for businesses in Hartford – and across the state and country – to recognize that past mistakes should not serve as a permanent barrier to employment,” said Mayor Luke Bronin. “I’m urging Hartford businesses to sign onto President Obama’s ‘Fair Chance Business Pledge,’ helping us build stronger, safer communities by promoting second chances for individuals with criminal records — and sending a strong message during National Reentry Week.”

• Click here for more on the “Fair Chance Business Pledge”: http://1.usa.gov/26v3IE0
 
Right now, one-in-three American adults have some criminal record, according to the Center for American Progress. And a conviction record reduces the likelihood of a follow-up interview or job offer by nearly one-half, according to the Council of State Governments.
 
Research shows that fair chance employment policies are also good for business. The decreased output of goods and services from those with criminal records results in an estimated $57 to $65 billion in losses to our national economy annually, according to a Center for Economic and Policy Research study. Business owners in Hartford can attest that there is an economic benefit, too, when individuals with a criminal record are given a second chance.
 
“I’ve spoken to countless business owners throughout Hartford,” said Mayor Bronin. “They’ve told me that, often, returning citizens are their hardest workers, because they know how far they’ve come, how hard they’ve had to work to get there, and how much they have to lose.”
 
Nationwide, more than 100 cities and counties — including Hartford — as well as more than 20 states, have adopted “ban the box” policies to encourage employers to put a candidate’s qualifications first. At the federal level, President Barack Obama backed a “ban-the-box” policy in directing federal agencies to wait until later in the hiring process to look into job applicants’ records.
 
In Connecticut this week, the State House of Representatives passed The Fair Chance Employment Act (HB 5237). Also known as a “ban the box” measure, the bill seeks to prevent employers from requiring prospective employees to disclose any criminal history until the employer has made a conditional offer of employment.

• Click here to read Mayor Bronin’s statement on the State House of Representatives passing The Fair Chance Employment Act: http://bit.ly/1qXUWh1.
 
The bill awaits action by the State Senate.

 
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