The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, stating the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is preparing to approve two guidance documents pertaining to credit and criminal history information. That is, without making them available for public comments or being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is concerned the documents will remove or significantly limit the use of two important tools that employers use for hiring and recruiting purposes. Credit and criminal history information and how they are used by employers have become a constant source of contention. Employers are looking to safeguard their business and current employees from risk, while advocates of the unemployed are hoping to remove what they perceive as unwarranted and discriminatory barriers to employment.
Employers should take this opportunity to ensure their background check practices comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and other state laws and restrictions, in addition to being informed of any changes that could affect their background screening program.
We’ll keep you posted on this story when the EEOC releases these two guidance documents.
Here is a link to a story on the subject:
Concern Mounts over Expected EEOC Guidance