EEOC Issues Guidance Regarding Employer Use of Criminal Background Checks


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EEOC Guidance, upon issuance, April 25, 2012

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On April 25, 2012, the EEOC voted to adopt new guidance for employers that use information on criminal convictions in their hiring process. The EEOC opined that, because arrest and conviction rates are higher among minorities than the general population, employers’ practices of rejecting anyone with a criminal record may have a disparate impact on minority candidates. This guidance applies to criminal convictions, not arrests, in that the EEOC’s position is that arrests that did not result in convictions should not be used in hiring decisions.

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