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Circulating résumés around the office

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Q. One of our managers who hires for his division has started passing around the résumés of possible candidates to other managers. He wants to get their opinions on the candidates. Does passing along résumés to these people violate any privacy laws? — L.B., California

A. No federal laws require an employer to keep job applicant information private. With limited exceptions, however, employers that are subject to the ADA must keep confidential any medical information about applicants or employees.

Employers may even be required to keep information private even if it doesn’t contain a medical diagnosis or treatment course and even if it’s not generated by a health care professional.

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