Weekly Wrap Up-March 1, 2013
March 1, 2013
Yesterday, EmployeeScreenIQ held our first webinar of 2013, “992 Heads are Better than One: Balancing Applicant Rights & What Employers Need to Know.” We unveiled the results of our 2013 Employment Screening Trends Survey, reporting the key findings of our report. In case you missed it, the webinar recording will be available soon, along with the survey report, so keep an eye on our blog posts for these releases. We recently posted a response to an article posted in the Wall Street Journal questioning the use of the EEOC’s new rules. Earlier this week, we wrote about a recent case against Target for unfair hiring practices. And lastly, we’ve posted a few times on the differences between background checks for firearms and employment background screening; this week we shared another component on the use of mental health records in background checks for firearms.
The hearing on the EEOC’s Guidance to Employers on Criminal Background Checks held by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights continues to draw sharp responses by those opposed to the new rules. Today, the Wall Street Journal published an Op-Ed written by author James Bovard in which he cynically wonders whether it should be a federal crime for businesses not to hire those with criminal records. Read More
The NAACP and a Minnesota community group have filed claims with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that Target Corporation’s use of employment background checks constitutes a discriminatory practice. The groups claims that Target denied job interviews to candidates with criminal records regardless of age, correlation to job responsibilities and even in cases of where convictions were expunged. Read More
Over the past couple months, we’ve blogged about the differences between the universal background checks used for gun purchases and those used for employment background checks. As the U.S. Senate closes in on a deal to mandate universal background checks on people who purchase guns, we thought we would highlight another key difference: the use of mental health records. Read More