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Job Background Checks

NPR had a great story today about how much any company, including healthcare facilities and organizations, can ask about you in a background check.  From their post:

Hiring Do's And Don'ts

Every state has different regulations regarding which types of information employers can solicit from job applicants, but here are some general guidelines.
Generally OK To Ask About:
  • Aliases/previous identities
  • Proof of age if hires must be at least 18
  • Legal status to work
  • Criminal convictions or pending charges
  • Educational attainment
  • Military service
Not OK:
  • Questions that lead to disclosure of ages above 40
  • Citizenship/national original
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status
Sometimes OK
  • Arrests
  • Disability — questions can be asked about ability to perform specific required task but not about general level of disability, treatment or time missed in previous jobs.
Source: Les Rosen, Safe Hiring Manual

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