I’ve enjoyed watching the evolution of HR throughout my career. Gone are the days when HR’s primary role was to handle the Administration and Compliance requirements of the employee population. It wasn’t that long ago that being responsible for the Talent Management for those employees was HR’s primary mission.
Recently, the EEOC filed a lawsuit against Hire Dynamics, a staffing firm (click here for the EEOC press release). According to the complaint, after a Hire Dynamics employee filed a charge of discrimination against one of its clients, the staffing firm retaliated by failing to give the employee any further job assignments or opportunities.
Youthful job seekers don’t have much work experience per se, so don’t know what to put on their first resume. They may have a asset they don’t realize is just as experienced as ‘real’ or ‘paid’ work – their volunteer experience. Even the Boy Scout or Girl Scout troop or the little league baseball team can be a volunteer event that equates to ‘work experience.’
If your company’s pre-employment testing process for new hires includesbackground checks and credit reports, please heed warning. The EEOC warns against using credit reports in employment-based decisions as they can create a “disparate impact,” arguing that credit scores in certain protected classes tend to be lower than in others. In recent years, they have tried to bring a few cases to court on these grounds.