The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Office of Legal Counsel recently wrote an informal discussion letter in response to an inquiry from a member of the public asking whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008, prohibited a state from requiring students with learning disabilities …Continue reading "Discrimination and Disparate Impact of High School Diploma Requirement for Learning Disabled Discussed in EEOC Letter"
Following an investigation by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Pepsi Beverages has agreed to pay $3.13 million and make major policy changes by providing job offers and training to resolve a charge of nationwide hiring discrimination against African Americans with criminal background checks, according to a press release from the EEOC website. The Commission …Continue reading "Pepsi Pays 3 Million after EEOC Finds Hiring Discrimination against African Americans with Background Check Policy"
In an effort to help stop discrimination against unemployed Californians looking for work who may be passed over by employers or employment agencies only interested in hiring applicants who already have a job, newly proposed legislation in the state – California Assembly Bill No. 1450 (AB 1450) – would fine California employers and employment agencies that …Continue reading "California Bill AB 1450 would Prohibit Discrimination against Unemployed Jobseekers by Employers or Employment Agencies"
With a recent survey showing nine out of ten employers conduct criminal background checks on some or all job candidates, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting in July 2011 examining the use of arrest and conviction records by employers for criminal background checks to determine if the practice was an unfair …Continue reading "Criminal Background Checks of Job Applicants by Employers Coming Under Greater Scrutiny by EEOC"
According to a report from HuffingtonPost.com, a coalition of 25 civil rights and labor advocacy groups recently petitioned TransUnion – one of the largest credit-monitoring firms in the United States along with Equifax and Experian and the only privately-held company of the so-called ‘Big Three’ – to stop making credit reports available and selling consumer credit information …Continue reading "Civil Rights and Labor Groups Seek to End Credit Checks of Job Applicants by Employers"
Attorney at Law and safe hiring expert Lester Rosen, Founder and CEO of background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will present an audio conference titled ‘Web 2.0 Caution! The Legal Line You Walk When Using Social Media and Search Engines to Recruit and Screen Applicants’ on October 26, 2011 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 …Continue reading "Safe Hiring Expert Lester Rosen Warns Employers and Recruiters about Using Internet to Background Check Job Applicants"
In an effort to provide fair employment opportunities for ex-convicts, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson has “banned the box” from City of Cleveland job and civil service testing applications by removing the checkbox used by job applicants to indicate whether or not they have felony convictions, according to a press release on the city’s website. …Continue reading "Cleveland Bans the Box from City Job Applications Asking Applicants about Felony Criminal Convictions"
A letter from three members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) suggests a recent hearing held by the EEOC examining arrest and conviction records as a hiring barrier in which some panelists sought to limit – or in some cases eliminate – the ability of employers …Continue reading "Some Studies Suggest Restricting Criminal Background Checks by Employers May Increase Unemployment Rates of Minorities"
A quarter of a million petition signatures gathered in an online campaign urging major job websites to stop posting ads online specifically excluding unemployed job seekers were delivered to Congress Wednesday in support of legislation – the ‘Fair Employment Opportunity Act of 2011’ (S. 1471) – that would end the practice by employers, recruiters, and …Continue reading "250,000 Petition Signatures Delivered to Congress in Support of Legislation Ending Discrimination against Unemployed Job Seekers"
Attorney and background screening expert Les Rosen, founder and President of accredited background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR), will discuss social media background checks in a session titled ‘Caution Advised! The Use of Social Networking Sites, Search Engines and Web 2.0 to Screen Applicants’ at the 2011 ASIS International 57th Annual Seminar and Exhibits. …Continue reading "Background Screening Expert Les Rosen Discusses Social Media Background Checks at ASIS International 2011 on September 20"