Scott Introduces Bipartisan Resolution on Best Hiring Practices

Washington – U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has introduced a bipartisan resolution to encourage the development of best business hiring practices to fully utilize the potential of the United States. Scott was joined by cosponsors Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) in this effort to inspire the recruitment of minorities and underrepresented groups to senior-level positions in corporate, academic and social entities across the country.

The resolution draws ideas from both Robert L. Johnson’s “RLJ Rule” and the National Football League’s Rooney Rule. It encourages the voluntary establishment of hiring practices to ensure that applicants from every walk of life are given an opportunity to participate in the hiring process.

“We know that all Americans, from every neighborhood and background, have the ability to achieve great things,” Senator Scott said. “When we are hiring in my office, I have made it a priority to ensure our applicant pool is open to as diverse a group of people as possible. We have seen recent reports regarding the shortage of diverse leaders in both Senate staffing and executive-level staffing across the country, and I believe this resolution is a way to voluntarily tackle that issue. I want to thank our bipartisan group of Senators for their support of this resolution, and look forward to working with them.”

As recently cited in the Wall Street Journal, less than 10 percent of Chief Financial Officers at the top 668 companies in the United States are of African-American, Asian or Hispanic descent.

The full text of the resolution is available here. Scott introduced a similar resolution in July 2014.