Guarding Against Abuse Of Criminal Records By Employers

Law360, New York (August 24, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT) -- On Tuesday, July 26, 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission held its latest meeting on the topic of protections for job applicants with arrest and conviction records under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The full commission heard remarks from the panelists related to three areas: "Best Practices From Employers," "An Overview of Local, State and Federal Programs and Policies" and "Legal Standards Governing Employers' Consideration of Criminal Arrest and Conviction Records."

Although for the past few years the EEOC has renewed its focus on the hiring process, including Title VII protections for ex-offenders, the current commissioners — Jaqueline Berrien,...

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