Posts Tagged: disparate impact

Hiring without the ‘Box’: What it Means for You and Your Candidates [E-book]

The idea of getting employers to hire more ex-offenders has gained a lot of momentum over the past few years. From the Federal Department of Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on down through states and local governments, employment laws and rules have been adopted to limit discrimination against job candidates who have a… Read more »

Status Report: “Ban the Box” and the Challenge for Employers

Despite how some may make it sound, spreading Ban the Box laws do not prohibit employers from using criminal background checks. Instead, the laws are designed to keep the question, “Have you been convicted of a crime?” off job applications to give applicants with a criminal history a greater chance of getting through an employer’s… Read more »

Words to the Wise about Social Media Background Checks for Employment

The treasure trove of personal information that has collected on social media is irresistible. We know that both employers and employees are scanning the publicly accessible areas of Facebook and other sources to find the unvarnished side of their potential co-workers. This information comes with a downside. Employers beware. In an earlier piece on social… Read more »

EEOC and FTC Publish Guides on Using Employment Background Checks

Some time ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced the publication of “joint tips” on using background checks in hiring. One of the two co-published guides is for employers, titled Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know. The other is for job applicants and employees: Background Checks: What Job… Read more »

Do Employment Credit Checks Deserve the Bad Rap?

Reason suggests that using credit history to help make better employment decisions is a worthwhile idea in some cases. You probably don’t want to hire bank tellers with significant personal financial issues or CFOs with sizable judgments against them. Yet in the aftermath of the recent deep recession, we see continuing arguments and discussion about… Read more »

Kaplan 2, EEOC 0

The intriguing results of a highly-publicized EEOC lawsuit highlight that if the EEOC is to win a judgment against an employer for disparate impact discrimination, it must use valid statistical methodology to prove “disparate impact”. This case demonstrates why that will not be easy to do. EEOC v Kaplan The EEOC recently sued Kaplan Higher Education… Read more »

Your Candidate Has a Criminal Record. Now What?

Did you know that fully 1 in three Americans has a criminal background of some kind? Given that frequency, it is almost certain that an employer who conducts background checks as part of the hiring process (90% of employers do) will find applicants with criminal records. If employers used this background information to exclude anyone… Read more »

EEOC Defends Guidance on Use of Criminal Records in Hiring

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a letter August 29th that defends its use of the concept of “disparate impact” in combating employment discrimination. The letter was in response to a challenge from the Attorneys General of nine states that called the EEOC position “An Attack on Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Process”… Read more »