EEOC Weighs Need for Hiring Guidelines Revisions

Society of Human Resource Management Online

The federal government should revise guidelines for how employers use arrest and conviction records when making hiring decisions, according to a number of witnesses who appeared before the U.S. EEOC in July.  Shareholder Barry Hartstein cautioned commissioners against “more detailed and perhaps more complicated” guidelines that could paralyze employers worried that even discussing a job applicants criminal record might incite discrimination lawsuits.  Hartstein’s comments are featured throughout this article.

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