Any recruiter or hiring manager will tell you that optimizing the recruitment process is one of their top priorities. It takes time to properly research best practices and develop a new recruitment strategy that will help you find, select, and hire the best talent. But before you can implement your new strategy, you must ask yourself one crucial question: is it legal?
The last step before deploying a new recruitment and selection process is to vet it against all regulatory requirements.
That includes EEOC regulations, employment rights legislation, and all labor and workforce laws. This step is necessary to make sure your new process meets and exceeds those standards.
The EEOC enforces the federal labor laws that protect job applicants (and employees) by prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information.
This means that any candidate selection process must comply with EEOC regulations to ensure that no candidates are selected (or passed up) for any of the reasons above.
To make things clear, the EEOC has a list of prohibited employment policies and practices that every company must avoid in its job advertising, recruitment, and application and hiring processes.
This includes some obvious violations, such as using language like “seeking females,” which excludes men from applying or basing hiring decisions on stereotypes about a particular race or religion.
The EEOC also protects job applicants when it comes to evaluating their ability to perform the job. If you plan to administer a pre-hiring test, the EEOC specifies that it must be necessary and related to the job.
Pre-employment skills assessments are a useful tool in recruitment, as long as they meet EEOC standards by testing skills specifically related to the job in question and not excluding people of a certain race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or individuals with disabilities.
While the EEOC, an independent federal agency, promotes equal opportunity in employment through education and technical assistance, the U.S. Department of Labor manages and enforces more than 180 federal labor laws that apply to approximately 125 million workers across the country.
These labor laws include employment legislation dealing with:
Being aware of these labor laws as you develop a recruitment strategy will help you avoid a heap of trouble—not to mention attorney’s fees. A candidate who is passed up for a job for any reason protected by labor rights law is entitled to hire a workplace lawyer who will build a case against your company for discrimination, a scenario you want to avoid at all costs.
Staying current on employment legislation is important, and so is keeping these laws in mind when recruiting and hiring candidates. Here are a few tips to make sure your entire recruitment process adheres to the letter of the law.
Following labor laws in recruitment will help you avoid potential lawsuits, while your company reaps the benefits of a more diverse workforce. How do you incorporate your knowledge of employment legislation when drafting recruitment strategies?
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