The EEOC issued an advisory letter last month that gives employers more clarity on their proper use of applicants’ arrest and conviction records during the hiring process. Employers should, the EEOC says, continue to treat arrests differently than convictions and suggests employers ask applicants to disclose convictions only from the past seven years.
Read an analysis of the EEOC advisory by the law firm Littler Mendelson at www.tinyurl.com/eeocarrest. Find the EEOC’s policy guides at:
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- New law: Employers must review outside investigators' work
- Expand on the cheap with 'virtual' office space
- Background checks: Close holes in your employee screens
- When criminal records are at issue, prepare to explain rationale for firing or not hiring