Denver employers who want to stay compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and off the radar of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigators may be interested in the following four strategies offered by a private investigator who works with an employee screening firm. First, it is important to point out that although performing a background check on a potential employee may appear to be one of the more obvious methods for narrowing down your applicant pool, they can bring unwanted attention from the EEOC.
This week's post is a continuation from last week on the EEOC's latest guidance document outlining when employers should request arrest records from employees and applicants, and how employers should use criminal background checks in their employment and hiring practices. Some surveys have shown that nine out of 10 employers are in the practice of subjecting all or some of their employment applicants to a criminal background check.
Denver area employers might be interested in the EEOC's latest guidance, which clarifies the EEOC's recommendations on when an employer should not request information about an applicant's criminal convictions on job applications and in hiring procedures. What all hiring managers need to know is that the EEOC requires an employer to have a legitimate business reason for asking a potential employee about their criminal conviction history.
Once an employee files an internal or EEOC claim of discrimination he or she may worry about retaliation from his or her employer. And, once a claim of employment discrimination is filed, every action taken by a supervisor or human resources personnel will be closely reviewed so it is important for employers to be aware of this while still being able to enforce the rules of conduct they expect each of their employees to follow.