Stuck In A Background Check Catch-22? Texas Has Your Back

Law360, New York (August 6, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT) -- Employers seem to be caught in an impossible catch-22 these days: run a background check on a job candidate and risk a potential discrimination lawsuit or forego this procedure and risk exposing the company to potential liability for negligent hiring or supervision. This is the position that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission seems to be putting employers in by its aggressive interpretation of Title VII as prohibiting blanket rules against hiring applicants with criminal backgrounds.

The Texas Legislature has taken an important step to help protect employers who are willing to give applicants with a criminal record a second chance. House...

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