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New EEOC Guidance Requires Greater Caution by Employers in Considering Criminal Records of Job Applicants and Employees

May 7, 2012

On April 25, 2012, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new guidance about use of arrest and conviction records in making employment decisions.  This guidance, combined with existing state statutes in Massachusetts and Connecticut, requires that employers act with care in seeking information about or considering applicants' or employees' criminal records.

The guidance, while not a regulation, reinforces the agency's longstanding views and limits an employer's use of criminal history information in two ways.  Click the link below to read the full text of alert.

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