EEOC Issues Guidance on Use of Criminal Records in Employment Decisions

COLUMBIA, MD—July 3, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued guidance on the use of criminal background checks in employment decisions. EEOC’s purpose for issuing this guidance is to make it clear the use of an individual’s criminal history in making employment decisions may violate the prohibition against employment discrimination under Title VII.

Berkshire Associates’ latest white paper, `Understanding When and How to Use Conviction Records in Employment Decisions’ discusses in detail what EEOC’s latest guidance means to employers, and when and how criminal records should be used and applied in employment decisions.

According to author and compliance expert, Nicole Butts, SPHR, “The guidance EEOC provides focuses on two kinds of discrimination—disparate treatment and disparate impact. This white paper will help employers understand the proper usages of criminal records. It will also help companies protect themselves from violating Title VII disparate treatment.

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