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EEOC sets public hearing on arrest, conviction records guidance


WASHINGTON—Enforcement guidance in considering arrest and conviction records in making employment decisions is on the agenda for an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission public hearing set for Wednesday.

The official agenda item for the 9:30 a.m. EDT meeting is “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

The EEOC held a public hearing on the issue of employment barriers faced by individuals with arrest and conviction records in July.

A report by law firm Littler Mendelson P.C. issued in January noted the EEOC has recently held a series of meeting to examine the impact of certain hiring practices on protected groups, including criminal history and credit reports. The report said, “Recent commission-initiated litigation also indicates this issue will remain among the forefront of the EEOC’s systemic litigation agenda.”

Also on the agenda for the meeting, which will be held at the agency’s Washington headquarters at 131 M Street, N.E., is “Enforcement Guidance on Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended.”

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