The United States Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), the agency of the United States Government that enforces the federal employment discrimination laws, announced a set of guidelines prohibiting discriminatory hiring practices against applicants with criminal backgrounds. Until recently, the EEOC had no rule-making ability. That was until the Obama Justice Department gave the EEOC the authority to dictate hiring practices.
The new EEOC guidelines focus on unequal treatment and unequal impact. Now, any questions about a person’s criminal history must fall into one of the following categories:
- The questions must arise out of business necessity,
- The question must relate to the position at hand, or
- The question must be administered consistently from applicant to applicant.
So how do you make safe and intelligent hiring decisions without violating the new EEOC guidelines? Using backgrounds checks may result in litigation; however skipping background checks may put your business at risk. How do you modify your company’s current hiring procedures to fit within the new guidelines while still ensuring your business remains safe and avoids litigation?
These are the questions you should ask an experienced labor and employment attorney.
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