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Criminal Background Checks Remain on the EEOC's Radar

September 12, 2012
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If you are considering using arrest or conviction records to aid in your hiring decisions, do not do so without a reason connecting the offense to the job, and without the input of employment counsel versed on these issues.
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Unemployment (or Prior Lawsuits) as a Protected Class? Not so Fast Says the 6th Circuit

September 6, 2012
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While this case was decided under Michigan law, it has implications beyond that state. As the opinion points out, there exist no cases from any jurisdiction recognizing a failure to hire claim under state common law or public policy.
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SHRM Survey: Fewer Employers Conducting Credit, Criminal Checks of Job Applicants

July 25, 2012
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The survey also found that an applicant's negative credit information is not a barrier to hiring, with 80 percent of the respondents saying they hired an individual with a poor credit report.
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Do Background Checks Really Help Us Avoid Hiring a Problem Child?

June 19, 2012
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We are evaluating the benefits of background checks. Do they really work as advertised? —Call Me Skeptical, Director, Nonprofit, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Employers Could Unlike Outcome of Facebook Password Requests

June 6, 2012
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No court has specifically addressed the legality of a social media background check. 'Privacy is very much a floating concept,' one expert says.
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EEOC Sets New Guidance on Criminal Background Checks Under Title VII

April 26, 2012
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This enforcement guidance is required reading for any business that takes arrest or conviction records into consideration in any employment decision.
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Survey: 37% Use Social Media to Check Candidates

April 18, 2012
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Thirty-four percent of hiring managers and human resources professionals said they found information on social media that caused them not to hire a candidate.
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Lagging Economy Aside, Interviewees Say the Darndest Things

February 24, 2012
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Job board giant CareerBuilder listed some of the most unusual interview experiences based on an online survey of more than 3,000 employers.
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