EEOC’s new background check guidelines, detailed in April 2012, have caused confusion for employers, particularly when it comes to making hiring decisions on criminal history. With the guidelines, which are not legally binding, mind you, but can be used if a former employee or candidate takes a company to court for discrimination, were not revised…

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The new EEOC changes, introduced in April, were written with the intention of opening up greater employment opportunities to applicants with criminal histories. But, as NPR pointed out earlier in the summer, employers are still using criminal background checks as a blanket hiring manager to exclude former criminals and other groups. Examining each potential employees’…

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