Posted June 11th, 2012 in Top Stories
David James Outlines Key Questions for Hiring Managers in HR Executive Online
Human Resource Executive Online asked Nilan Johnson Lewis Shareholder David James, “Is that degree really necessary?” The resulting article highlighted a recent EEOC discussion letter on the disparate impact of education requirements in job postings and hiring criteria. According to David, it is unlikely that education requirements will become illegal, but probable that employers and HR personnel will need to be more mindful of such requirements. He encourages HR professionals to ask key questions before posting an open position with an education requirement:
- Is there anything about this job that requires a high school diploma or other degree?
- Does an education requirement help identify candidates who would be successful in this job?
- Does an education requirement have a distinct purpose, or is including it in the posting merely the status quo?
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