As these stubborn figures evidence ongoing uncertainty for job seekers, debate over pre-employment screening is ramping up—indicating that hiring practices in this slack job market are not to be taken lightly. Recent public meetings by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have examined methods employers are using to screen applicants for age, credit score, criminal background, and current employment status. Meanwhile, a number of states have already passed laws to prohibit screening that could further hinder applicants in this buyers’ market.
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