logo-us-department-of-laborIn January, the U.S. Government engaged with America’s businesses to develop best practices for hiring and recruiting the long-term unemployed to ensure that these candidates receive a fair shot during the hiring process.

EJ Ajax is actively participating in this program and is working with an expanded set of talent channels to help the company select qualified long-term unemployed candidates. These channels include community colleges, American job centers and non-profits focused on long-term unemployment hiring.

EJ Ajax is not alone in this venture.  To date, more than 80 of the nation’s largest businesses have signed on to implement these best practices, including 20 members of the Fortune 50, as well as over 200 small-and medium-sized businesses.

Since January 2014, 76 percent of new hires at EJ Ajax have been long-term unemployed or underemployed. The company has also made efforts to hire returning Veterans and ex-offenders.

Erick Ajax, co-owner of EJ Ajax, is a member of the Executive Committee of Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships, which includes approximately 500 employer partners advocating for employer-driven workforce partnerships and increased delivery of job-driven credentials.  “Our participation in this program is part of a larger workforce development program that we’ve been engaged in for 16 years,” Mr. Ajax said.  “We expect great returns from these types of efforts.”

Other companies participating in this program include AT&T, Bank of America, Comcast, Proctor & Gamble, Prudential, JP Morgan Chase, Delta Airlines, KMPG, CVS, Pacific Gas and Electric, Wells Fargo, and US Bank.

On October 15, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced 23 grants totaling $170 million for programs in 20 states to help the long-term unemployed return to the workforce. Grants were awarded to partnerships between non-profits, local government, and employers to train and match long-term unemployed job seekers for in-demand jobs.