EEOC lawyer tries to clarify rules for background checks

11/14/2013 | Bloomberg BNA (free content)

Employers can use criminal-background checks in hiring if they conduct individualized assessments of candidates with convictions, says Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawyer James Paretti. EEOC guidance calls for employers to consider the severity of the offense, the length of time that has elapsed since the conviction and the nature of the job that is being filled, Paretti says.

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