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EEOC Guidance On Background Checks Leaves Some Questions


Chicago attorney Peter Gillespie was quoted in the April 29 article "EEOC Guidance On Background Checks Leaves Some Questions" in Business Insurance Magazine. The article reported on a recent updated enforcement guidance issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on the use of criminal background checks for employment decisions. Peter said that over the past couple of years the EEOC has been "strongly encouraging employers to look carefully at a range of common practices that the agency believes could have a disparate impact on minorities," including criminal background checks, as well as refusals to hire the unemployed and the use of credit checks as a screening mechanism. He said this is part of the EEOC's effort to "shake up" what it views as "the standard industry practices that occur during the hiring process."

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