Maintaining proper vigilance with hiring legalities
With regard specifically to criminal records, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updated guidance explicitly relating to the use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions.
In its Guidance, the EEOC indicates that employers should develop targeted screening when utilizing criminal records in employment decisions. This targeted screening must, at the very least, consider the following “Green” factors (Green v. Missouri Pacific Railroad, 523 F. 2d 1290 (8th Cir. 1975)):
The Guidance also indicates that targeted screening must be based on a written policy, which according to best practices outlined in the Guidance, must include the following:
If an adverse decision results from the evaluation of the targeted screening policy document, the consumer must be informed prior to making the adverse decision and the employer must offer an “individualized assessment” before the final adverse decision is made. This “individualized assessment”, according to the Guidance document, must be comprised of the following factors:
The EEOC offers the following best practices through the Guidance:
For more information, visit the EEOC's FAQ page.
The beginning of a new year is a great time to re-evaluate your current situation with background screening. It’s important to know where to start in order to get a clear picture. Read our blog post for some ideas on where to begin.
A new federal version of ‘ban the box’ has recently been passed that will prohibit federal agencies and contractors from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal past within an application.