Though employers have had a few months now to become familiar with the U.S. Equal Employment Occupation Commission’s guidance on the use of criminal background checks, questions and confusion about how best to respond have only grown.
The guidance, issued April 25, is broad in its scope and specificity, essentially recommending that employers now only ask to see criminal records when such inquiries can be proven to be job-related. It also recommends that HR professionals, recruiters and hiring managers not automatically reject candidates with criminal backgrounds — except for jobs in which particular convictions logically have no place — but that they now conduct “individualized assessments” of those candidates to avoid liability under Title VII.
The good news is Tom Lawson just gave a presentation for 100 HR people that really helps you understand how to make the right hiring decisions regarding these new guidelines.
You can review the PowerPoint presentation here
We will have a video up of these talk as well real soon.