Jan. 31 - Big companies agree to change hiring practices to avoid discriminating against the long-term unemployed. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Obama announced a new initiative on Friday to help the long-term unemployed find work. He says hundreds of businesses have committed to change their hiring practices to avoid discriminating against people who have been without a job for a long time. The president hosted chief executives from major corporations at the White House for the announcement. "We've engaged employers of all sizes, from all around the country to commit to a set of inclusive hiring policies, for making sure recruiting and screening practices don't disadvantage employees who have been out of work, to establishing an open door policy that encourages all qualified applicants," said Obama. The president also urged Congress to extend long-term unemployment benefits that expired at the end of last year.