Q: Is it illegal to ask job applicants about former arrests and convictions?   A: Caution is advised when inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history. Asking about arrests violates laws put in place by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) because arrests have a record of being biased against persons with protected statuses,…

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  Q: Which questions should be avoided during the interview process?   A: There isn’t an exhaustive list of questions employers should avoid asking, but employers need to be careful that any questions asked cannot be interpreted as discriminatory. To help avoid discrimination claims, information requested from the applicant should be directly related to the…

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The rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation has employers scrambling to deal with a variety of employment issues, many of which they’ve never previously encountered. We’ve compiled some of the employers’ most common questions, including how the Families First Coronavirus Response Act affects employers, how to handle business closures, and what benefits are available to employees.  …

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