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Job applications: How to create a legally safe form

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No single federal law governs job applications. Your biggest risk is asking unnecessary questions that run afoul of federal or state laws banning job discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, religion, national origin or disability.

But, done right, your application can be a great tool to communicate important information (such as your at-will and anti-drug policies), obtain candidates’ permission to perform background checks and collect information needed for government filings.

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The Internet and e-mail make it easier than ever to apply for jobs. But legal danger lurks in switching to an online-only application system.

Why? An applicant could claim that such a system discriminates against people who don’t have computer access. On the flip side, allowing only walk-in, paper applicants could discourage members of a protected class from applying if, say, your offices are located in a predominantly white ...(register to read more)

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