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Are you ready for the EEOC’s enforcement crackdown?

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Employment Background Check,Employment Law,Firing,Hiring

by Abigail Crouse, Esq.

The EEOC received a record 99,922 charges in the 2010 fiscal year—the most the agency has received in its 45-year history. The 2010 totals represent a 7% increase over the number of charges filed in 2009.

Given this sharp increase in charge activity, now is a good time to review your personnel policies and practices to make sure you’re taking appropriate steps to help prevent potential dis­crimination claims.  

Note: Disability discrimination claims are one of the categories with the biggest increases in charge activity. Make sure you have plans in place to train managers about employee’s rights under the ADA.  

In addition, in reviewing their policies and practices, employers may want to consider the following two EEOC enforcement trends: increased scrutiny of background checks and inflexible leave policies.

Background on background checks

Several high-profile acts of employee violence and other crim...(register to read more)

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