Posts Tagged: EEOC background checks

Big Data and Employment Screening: Promising and Scary

“Big Data has the potential to drive innovations that reduce bias in employment decisions and help employers make better decisions in hiring, performance evaluations, and promotions.” This powerful statement from EEOC Chair, Jenny R. Yang, came with an equally powerful disclaimer: “At the same time, it is critical that these tools are designed to promote… 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 »

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 »

Shock and Awe Over EEOC’s Updated Guidance on Employment Criminal Records

In case you haven’t heard, the EEOC on Wednesday held a public meeting to discuss its issuance of new guidance stated to further the Commission’s efforts to “eliminate unlawful discrimination in employment screening, for hiring or retention, by entities covered by Title VII…” The updated Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records… Read more »

EEOC Examines Arrest and Conviction Records as a Hiring Barrier

Remember the old Robert Johnson blues song where the protagonist goes down to the crossroads to meet the devil and make a bargain? Well, I went over to NoMa neighborhood of Washington, DC yesterday to watch the EEOC begin the process of formally reviewing the need for guidance surrounding the use of criminal records for… Read more »

EEOC to Discuss Use of Criminal Records in Employment Screening

Coming up on July 26, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a hearing on the use of criminal records for employment screening purposes. The hearing, which will be held in Washington, D.C. is predicted to be a critical step in the Commission’s adoption of policies that could significantly impact how employers use criminal… Read more »

Recent Scrutiny of Employment Background Screening: Unfair or Legitimate?

As lawmakers and government entities look for ways to help the U.S. economy recover from recent financial turmoil, consumer protection has come to the forefront. Legislators and others seeking to bolster employment opportunities have scrutinized background screening, particularly the use of credit reports and criminal records. While some would call this scrutiny unfair and unjust,… Read more »