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Dive into 2012: Get your policies in shape for the new year

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

As we enter 2012, it’s a good time to review employment policies and practices in light of the government’s aggressive efforts to enforce employment laws. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the EEOC, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and its Office of Federal Contract Compli­ance Programs (OFCCP) are all cracking down on employers.

To ensure compliance, review your policies and practices in all these areas.

Background checks

Evaluate your policies for using criminal and credit records to perform background checks on job applicants. The EEOC contends that many such background checks have a disparate impact on minorities.

Your policies shouldn’t prohibit hiring any applicants convicted of a crime. Instead, you must take into account the nature of the crime and the relationship of the crime to the prospective job.

Pennsylvania law requires similar background-check policies. Plus, some municipalities, such as Phila­­­delphi...(register to read more)

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