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Survive EEOC crackdown on background checks, leave policies

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The EEOC received a record 99,947 charges in the 2011 fiscal year—the most the agency has received in its 46-year history. That’s an increase of more than 30% from just five years ago.

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.

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 criminal activity over the past several years have caused many employers to increase their use of employee background checks.

Background checks are useful for several reasons. They can help weed out potentially violent job applicants and identify employees who might e...(register to read more)

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Mike S April 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Here is a good link I found to that provides a good summary of the updates.



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