Topic: discriminatory background checks

In the Workplace: Latest Need-to-Know Employment Law News

Latest I-9 forms, ADAAA rulings, NLRB developments, new state laws and federal regulations … keeping up with the myriad legal requirements of managing your employees can be challenging for the best of us. This roundup of recent employment law updates should help: The “Employee Tricked Me Into Firing Her” Defense (Cozen O’Connor): “The NLRB continues… Read more »

Don’t Do These 3 Things to Your Workers (If You Want to Avoid EEOC Scrutiny)

For business owners, attracting attention is generally a good thing. Except when it’s from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… Kelly Kolb of law firm Fowler White Boggs reports on the issues guaranteed to generate scrutiny from attorneys at the EEOC, as recently outlined by the agency’s top lawyer, P. David Lopez: 1. Improper use of… Read more »

5 Hiring Best Practices

The good news: business is booming, and you need to hire additional employees. The bad news: business is booming, and you need to hire additional employees… These five best practices may help. From lawyers and law firms on JD Supra: 1. Don’t make promises you can’t keep: “Do not use terms such as ‘guaranteed’ or… Read more »

EEOC to Employers: Don’t Use Criminal Records as a Basis for Discrimination

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its policies on the use of arrest and conviction records when making employment decisions. The updated policy is intended to provide employers with best practices for avoiding discrimination based on race or national origin when evaluating the criminal history of current and potential employees. For… Read more »

Employment Background Checks: What You Need to Know (and Do)

Be Careful With Background Checks (Sands Anderson PC) As employment lawyer Annemarie Cleary notes in the above video update, running certain background checks on job applicants can leave employers open to charges of discriminatory hiring practices. From labor & employment lawyers on JD Supra, here are five recommendations for using criminal and credit background checks… Read more »

Workplace Discrimination: 7 Areas Targeted by the EEOC

“The [Equal Opportunity Employment Commission] received a total of 99,947 charges of discrimination in fiscal year 2011, a slight increase from the year before… [and] filed 300 lawsuits and 261 ‘merits’ lawsuits, which include direct suits and interventions alleging violations of the substantive provisions of the statutes enforced by the EEOC and suits to enforce… Read more »

Employment Background Checks: Legal Considerations

In a down economy where unemployment is a source of significant frustration to many, background checks are another cause of growing concern for job seekers. These checks often include a comprehensive review of finances, including bankruptcies, financial black marks, and other personal information that doesn’t seem necessary to determine an applicant’s ability to perform the… Read more »

Doc of the Day: When Are Background Checks Discriminatory?

From law firm Warner Norcross Judd, legal analysis of the question – When are background check discriminatory: “With the economy in disarray, employers increasingly are using criminal background checks and credit reports to narrow their application pools. Approximately three out of four U.S. businesses perform background checks, both criminal checks and credit reports, as part… Read more »