Checkr, a aggressive Bay Area background check company, plans to open the doors wide as it starts hiring the first of about 1,500 workers for its new Denver HQ2, which will open in July.
“We have an aggressive hiring plan,” aforementioned CEO and co-founder Daniel Yanisse at a news conference Tuesday at the state Capitol.
The company plans to give full consideration to appliers with prior arrests and convictions, in what it calls fair-chance hiring, as it adds jobs from software program program engineers to client service representatives in Denver. Job postings can be found at checkr.com/careers/.
Nearly 3 in 10 U.S. adults have a criminal record of some type, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which includes arrests as well as convictions in its definition.
Often, employers treat a criminal record as a binary choice, Yanisse aforementioned. They eliminate an applier with a record, often from the beginning. The Colorado legislative assembly passed a “ban the box” bill this year. It prohibits employers from asking about prior criminal convictions on the initial application.
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Checkr uses artificial intelligence to help employers better analyze through a prospect’s history. Fairness and giving people a second chance are part of the equation. But there is an economic motivation as well. Employers are troubled to find qualified workers in a tight labor market.
“With Checkr’s commitment to fair-chance hiring, these new 1,500 high-quality jobs over a period of 10 years will provide Coloradans with diverse backgrounds and skills meaty opportunities for years to come,” aforementioned Gov. Jared Polis.
The Colorado Economic Development Commission awarded Checkr $27.8 million in job-growth-incentive tax acknowledgment last month in return for it hiring up to 1,472 people at an average wage of $138,050, which is more than double the median wage in Denver County.
based in 2014 as an industry disruptor, the company provides 1.5 million background checks a month to more than 10,000 clients, including ride-share providers Uber and Lyft.
Last year, the company accomplished it wouldn’t be able to grow as it needed in the forced Bay Area, Yanisse aforementioned. In San Francisco, where the company is based, the median price of a home is above $1.3 million, more than triple the median in tube Denver, according to Zillow.
The company besides wanted to be closer to its growing base of clients in the Midwest and East Coast. After looking at 20 cities, Denver came out on top.
“It is an incredibly attractive city,” Yanisse aforementioned. “The culture is comprehensive and open.”