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March 2019 Delaware Legislative Update

Tuesday, March 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Emma Pautler
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Brought to you by the Delaware SHRM State Council, DelMarVa SHRM and the Delaware SHRM Chapters. Download a PDF of this publication here.  




In the immediate wake of the First Step Act becoming law, improving rehabilitation and re-entry opportunities for thousands of incarcerated men and women, leaders in the business community are uniting and Getting Talent Back to Work. Here's the pledge: 


Joining a coalition of diverse businesses that represents a major portion of the American workforce, I pledge to getting talent back to work. I commit to give opportunities to qualified people with a criminal background, deserving of a second chance.

Because of this commitment, I will have access to SHRM’s Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit to refine and enhance our organizational hiring policies. I commit to creating opportunity and successful outcomes for everyone — including employers, all employees, customers, and our communities.


Take the Pledge Here


Getting Talent Back to Work, Key Stats



Whether an individual has completed a period of incarceration or just has a criminal record, unnecessary barriers persist and create a societal problem where productive citizens are deprived of employment opportunities and organizations are deprived of qualified talent, creating harmful downstream consequences for millions of people’s lives.



Historic commitments to criminal justice reform – particularly with the recent passage of the First Step Act – provide the business community with an opportunity to help people re-enter society by joining the Getting Talent Back to Work movement.

By embracing best practices, employers can identify a diverse pool of qualified applicants, improve opportunities for those deserving of second chances, and have a direct positive impact on their communities – strengthening them and keeping them safe.


Hiring managers and HR professionals see 3 benefits of hiring workers with a criminal background:

  1. The hiring of most-qualified candidates from a truly diverse pool

  2. The intrinsic value of giving people second chances at employment

  3. The opportunity to improve the community around them



Guiding Principles and Insights of the Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit

Koch Industries, Total Wine, Walmart, and thousands more have worked to advance hiring practices through voluntary measures to “ban the box” or by limiting background checks. Employers can continue to refine and enhance their hiring practices through the Getting Talent Back to Work Toolkit.

  • Learn the research and legal factors around hiring workers with a criminal background.

  • Apply evidence-based best practices for both hiring and integrating employees with a criminal background. This includes access to numerous sample policies, practical guides, and checklists.

  • Get practical guidance from industry leaders in acquiring, developing, and promoting talent including workers with a criminal background.


By implementing the toolkit into existing practices, employers can be a major force for good in their communities, grow the number of opportunities for workers with a criminal background, and address talent shortages affecting key business outcomes.




Delaware SHRM State Council, DE SHRM and DelMarVa SHRM Chapters are proud to announce our 2nd Annual Legislative Day in Dover.


9:00 A.M.     Tour Legislative Hall, Dover
10:15 A.M.   Discussion with Senator David P. Sokola (D) in the Dover Library
11:30 A.M.   Lunch with with Representative Lyndon D. Yearick (R) at Frazier's Restaurant 
1:00 P.M.     Observe the General Assembly Sessions




  • Jacqueline Poquette, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Delaware SHRM State Council, Legislative Affairs Director, EMAIL 
  • Dan Bloom, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, DE SHRM, Legislative Chair, EMAIL 
  • Janie Libby, MBA, PHR, SHRM-CP, DelMarVa SHRM, Vice President of Legislative/Government Affairs, EMAIL 
  • Joanne Lee, Delaware SHRM State Council, Director, EMAIL 
  • Dr. Nicole Evans, DBA, SPHR, Delaware SHRM State Council Director-Elect, EMAIL 
  • Maria Clyde, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Delaware SHRM State Council, Treasurer, EMAIL 


Download a PDF of this publication here.



This publication is the result of the combined efforts of members of Delaware SHRM State Council, DE SHRM and DelMarVa SHRM Chapters. Any questions or suggestions should be referred to members of the Delaware SHRM State Joint Legislative Initiative Committee. This Legislative Update is for informational purposes only. It is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney for legal advice.

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