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File #: 24-0226    Version: 1 Name: 2/20/24 Resolution in Support of Strengthening the City of Ann Arbor’s Fair Chance Hiring Practices
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/20/2024 In control: City Council
On agenda: 2/20/2024 Final action: 2/20/2024
Enactment date: 2/20/2024 Enactment #: R-24-058
Title: Resolution in Support of Strengthening the City of Ann Arbor's Fair Chance Hiring Practices
Sponsors: Cynthia Harrison, Ayesha Ghazi Edwin, Jen Eyer
Resolution in Support of Strengthening the City of Ann Arbor's Fair Chance Hiring Practices
The attached resolution seeks to strengthen the City's Fair Chance hiring practices by requiring the City to undergo a review of jobs to determine which jobs require a criminal background check and which may not. It also directs the City to research best practices and report back to Council with recommendations to further strengthen the City's Fair Chance hiring practices.
Whereas, The City of Ann Arbor recognizes the fundamental right to employment and the importance of reintegrating all citizens, including those with past criminal convictions, into the workforce as a vital component of a thriving community;

Whereas, Research has demonstrated that stable employment is a key factor in reducing recidivism, thereby enhancing public safety and community well-being in Ann Arbor;

Whereas, In 2014, Council passed a resolution titled "Resolution to Remove All References to Past Felony Convictions on the City of Ann Arbor Employment Application" otherwise known as "Ban the Box";

Whereas, The City's "Ban the Box" initiative can be strengthened by ensuring the City complies with the most up-to-date Fair Chance Hiring practices and policies;

Whereas, This "Strengthening the City's Fair Chance Hiring Practices" resolution aligns with the City of Ann Arbor's commitment to social justice, equity, and the elimination of discriminatory practices in employment;

Whereas, Individuals with past criminal records often face unfair barriers to employment, which can perpetuate cycles of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion;

Whereas, Low-income individuals often face compounded difficulties in securing employment, and removing barriers such as prior conviction inquiries can significantly improve their job prospects and economic stability;

Whereas, The persistent linkage between poverty and criminal history underscores the need for initiatives like "Strengtheni...

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