Obtaining Employment Guidelines
HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer
U. S. employers must be conscious of numerous laws; however, employment applicants should also be conscious of laws and common sense measures applying to their job searches.
First, do not lie on your resume or job application. At some point you will hear, “Everyone lies on his/her resume and application.” That is false. If you lie and the lie is discovered, you may experience the fastest exit of your life.
Second, use your own judgment on whether to answer personal questions about marital status, children or plans to have them, religious beliefs and political beliefs. You are not required to answer any or all of those questions.
Third, ensure that you have personal and professional references and that they are accessible for the prospective employer.
Fourth, be ready to provide proof of citizenship, right-to-work documentation (“green card”), and/or residence.
Fifth, consent to the criminal background check. Prospective employers have the right to determine the criminal history of prospective employees.
Sixth, consent to background checks of employment history, education, financial history and use of online social media.
Seventh, consent to pre-employment drug screening. Prospective employers also have a right to require it.
Eighth, if you require a reasonable accommodation that would somehow alter application of the dress code or other company policy (for religious reasons, physical reasons, etc.), say so in the interview and ensure that the company will provide it.
Ninth, assuming you receive a job offer, get it in writing and ensure that it includes the job description, job location, start date, salary, benefits, reasonable accommodations, and grounds for termination from employment.
Tenth, after you receive the offer, consent to give appropriate medical information.
Eleventh, if you suspect that questions or requirements were inappropriate, contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by calling 800-669-4000 or 800-669-6820 (TTY) or online here: www.eeoc.gov
DO’S AND DON’TS
DON’T lie on your resume or job application.
DON’T feel obliged to answer personal questions.
DO ensure that you have personal and professional references and that they are accessible for the prospective employer.
DO be ready to provide proof of citizenship, right-to-work documentation (“green card”), and/or residence.
DO consent to the criminal background check.
DO consent to other reasonably related background checks.
DO consent to pre-employment drug screening.
DO request reasonable accommodation for religious reasons, physical reasons, etc.
DO obtain a written job offer including all the relevant terms of your employment.
DO give appropriate requested medical information after receipt of the job offer.
DO contact the EEOC if you suspect that questions or requirements were inappropriate. Contact can be made by calling 800-669-4000 or 800-669-6820 (TTY) or online here: www.eeoc.gov
By Kathy Catanzarite
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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS/LABOR LAW DOS AND DON'TS