Ensure Job Applicant Questions are Legal

July 1, 2014

The good old days of hiring only people you know are long gone. These days it would be rare for a business with a significant number of employees to have a workforce comprised only of friends and relatives.

This means that strangers are applying for jobs with your company. You might assume their motives are legitimate, but sometimes they have sinister motives. Instead of actually applying for a job, they could instead be looking for offensive or unlawful items on your job application. Or they could be waiting for you to ask an illegal question during an interview. If successful in their mission, their next stop would be to an attorney and the EEOC. And that spells trouble for you.

To prevent the implications of such a circumstance, please take the time to ensure your job application paperwork is legally compliant and your managers know what they can, and cannot, ask during interviews.

Contributed by Steven J. Austin of LABORCHEX.

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