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Unlocking Hidden Potential: The Benefits of Fair Chance Hiring

Updated: Mar 6

In today's job market, employers are constantly seeking innovative ways to build strong and diverse teams. One often overlooked source of talent is system-impacted individuals who are looking for a fair chance at employment. Included below are 5 benefits that come with embracing fair chance hiring practices and becoming a part of the LA County Fair Chance Hiring Initiative:

  1. Tap into a Pool of Untapped Talent. By opening up economic opportunities to system-impacted individuals, employers gain access to a pool of talented individuals who are motivated and “ready to work”. These individuals bring a unique perspective and a strong desire to succeed, making them valuable assets to their employers.

  2. Enhanced Workforce Diversity. Diverse teams bring fresh ideas, different perspectives, and a broader range of experiences. Fair chance hiring allows employers to foster a more inclusive and diverse workforce, which leads to increased innovation, creativity, and problem-solving capabilities.

  3. Loyalty and Dedication. System-impacted individuals often demonstrate higher levels of loyalty and dedication in employment. When given the opportunity to improve their lives and grow economically, they are committed to proving themselves and making a positive impact on the job and in their communities. Their gratitude towards employment opportunities often translates into increased productivity and reduced turnover rates.

  4. Positive Public Image. Being a fair chance employer demonstrates an employer's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, social responsibility, and equal opportunity. By participating in the LA County Fair Chance Hiring Initiative, employers can showcase their dedication to creating a fairer and more equitable economy, which enhances the employer's reputation as an employer of choice.

  5. Access to Resources and Support. The LA County Fair Chance Hiring Initiative provides employers with access to “ready-to-work talent”, financial resources for on-the-job training, tax credits, business resources and support services, as well as guidance on navigating the hiring process–ensuring a smooth transition for both employers and fair chance job-seekers.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to unlock hidden potential and make a positive on the economy and communities across LA County through Fair Chance Hiring. Join the LA County Fair Chance Hiring Initiative today and become a Fair Chance Hiring employer. Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable workforce!

Visit our Fair Chance Hiring Resource page to learn more about the initiative and take the pledge today. Together, let's bridge the divide and build a more inclusive, equitable, and prosperous LA County!

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Brian Stewart, MPP, MDR Manager, Stakeholder Engagement LeadersUp

Brian Stewart, MPP, MDR

Manager, Stakeholder Engagement


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