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Evaluating a Job Applicant’s Background History

August 25, 2014
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Use of background information can disproportionately affect people of various racial and ethnic backgrounds, along with gender. This could expose an employer to liability.
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Federal Court Sends Strong Signal to EEOC in Dismissal of Credit Check Case

April 10, 2014
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This case is less about whether credit histories disparately impact African Americans than it is about how the EEOC chose to prove its case.
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What Suits Today's Recruits?

February 25, 2014
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What do recruits want most today? Is money still the key factor or is professional development more important? It's sometimes hard to tell what we should tout.

Inquiring Mind, manager, consumer products, Sri Lanka


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It's Probably a Bad Idea to Ask Applicants for a Family Medical History

January 14, 2014
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Medical-related inquiries by employers are complicated and rife with risk. To ensure full compliance with the law, do not include questions about family histories in these examinations.
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The High Price of EEOC Background Check Litigation

October 8, 2013
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Perhaps one solution to this crisis is for Congress to engage in some simple oversight over the agencies that enforce our various laws, including the EEOC. $751,942.48 in taxpayer money is a costly investment to chase a fool's errand.


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How Do We Recruit People With Leadership Skills?

June 5, 2013
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Is there a secret to recruiting people with leadership skills? —Need a Formula, finance/insurance/real estate, Naperville, Illinois
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Marissa Mayer, the Boss Who Has to Hire

March 15, 2013
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How Many People Fail Background Checks?

January 16, 2013
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Where can I find information on the average number of applicants who do not pass background checks? About 3 percent of our applicants fail, and I want to see how we compare to other large employers. —Screen Test, recruitment manager, hospitality, Atlanta
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Civil Rights Commission to Hold Hearing on Impact of Criminal Background Checks on Minorities

November 30, 2012
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Three panels are scheduled at the 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. hearing, which is open to the public. They will feature speakers from government officials and scholars; business and advocacy groups and trade associations.
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Survey: 29% of Employers Find Fake Job References

November 30, 2012
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Twenty-nine percent of employers have caught fake references on candidate applications, according to a survey from CareerBuilder.
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