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Holcomb signs ‘fair chance’ hiring order

Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017

By Andy Ober | Inside INdiana Business

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb has signed an executive order which states Indiana will no longer ask job applicants if they have been arrested or convicted of a crime. Holcomb says the move will give those Hoosiers a second chance and help them “overcome the stigma of their past and live productive lives.”

State employment applications currently ask applicants if they have been convicted of a crime or arrested for a crime with charges still pending. Holcomb’s office says disclosing this information on an initial application can discourage qualified candidates from applying and limit the opportunity they have to explain their backgrounds.

The state says it will continue to conduct background checks on applicants before hiring them. In addition, it says applicants will be asked about their criminal records in instances when state law prohibits employment based on certain convictions or pending charges.

Holcomb says he hopes the state can serve as an example. “While I do not believe governments should dictate employers’ hiring processes, I believe everyone deserves a second chance,” says Holcomb. “For that reason, the state agencies under my watch will provide those with a criminal record more opportunity to join the workforce.”