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Source: US Chamber of Commerce, Second Chance Business Coalition Benefits of Second Chance Hiring 3 • At Total Wine & More Co., human resources managers discovered that annual turnover was on average 12.2% lower for employees with criminal records than those without. By adopting a program to recruit employees with criminal histories, the organization reduced turnover from 25% to 11%. • A study of job performance among call center employees found that individuals with criminal records had longer tenures and were less likely to quit than those without records. • Since 2009, Nehemiah Manufacturing, a consumer packing firm in Cincinnati, Ohio, has hired 180 employees, 80% of whom have criminal backgrounds.11 An analysis of the company's annual turnover rate revealed that the turnover rate is approximately 15%, below the 38.5% average for consumer products companies. Gives employers who hire a qualified ex-felon a tax credit of up to 25% of their first year's wages if the employee works at least 120 hours, and 40% if they work over 400. WORK OPPORTUNITY TAX CREDIT Research indicate that individuals with criminal records have a much longer tenure and are less likely to quit their jobs voluntarily than other workers. LOWER TURNOVER Data from SHRM shows that 85% of human resources leaders and 81% of business leaders say that second chance hires perform the same or better than other employees. PERFORMANCE

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