Changes to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Title VII Guidelines

On April 25, 2012, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC or Commission) issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e. The Guidance consolidates and supersedes the Commission’s 1987 and 1990 policy statements on this issue as well as the discussion on this issue in Section VI.B.2 of the Race & Color Discrimination Compliance Manual Chapter. It is designed to be a resource for employers, employment agencies, and unions covered by Title VII; for applicants and employees; and for EEOC enforcement staff. To read the questions/answers, visit:

The American Camp Association’s Guidance for Camps and Other Youth-Serving Organizations: Developing Criminal Background Thresholds references Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and includes much of what is required by these updated guidelines. Be watching for additional information from ACA in the near future. 

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