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Tackling Today's Talent Shortage

From Leader to Leader 850 x 445

This blog post was updated on October 21, 2021.

On September 22nd, ERC recognized and honored Northeast Ohio's 99 best places to work for top talent at our NorthCoast 99 Awards Ceremony and Event. 

Being known as a “Great Place to Work for Top Talent” should certainly mean something to leadership today. In the current market, finding and keeping anyone, let alone a top performer, is top of mind for almost every leader I talk to. The statement “I just can’t find anyone to work” is heard regularly. The question, “how do I keep my best people?” is asked of our ERC team daily. 

Leaders who make their people a priority and who are actively telling their stories are the ones winning the war for talent. These leaders have invested in policies and programs that are appreciated and valued by their teams and ultimately, prove profitable for their businesses. Through our NorthCoast 99 research, we've learned that successful organizations have been able to attract, develop, and retain talent with such policies. Here are a few facts about the 2021 NorthCoast 99 winners: 

  • 79% have a documented succession plan in place, which means their top performers know they have a path to advance
  • Two-thirds have a formal mentorship program for new employees
  • 62% have a sustainability or environmental responsibility policy in place
  • 98% have formal development and career advancement discussions with top performers
  • 93% have a compensation policy

Becoming an employer of choice doesn’t happen overnight but it can happen. As businesses continue to be challenged by the current labor shortage, I encourage you to have these discussions with your leadership team and share your aspirations with your employees.      

Don’t wait until you’ve lost your best people —be proactive and committed. You will find it will be worth the effort. ERC's people data proves that.

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- Kelly Keefe, President 

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HR's Involvement With the EEOC’s Guidelines on Criminal Backgrounds

According to a survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management in 2012, approximately 69% of organizations reported that they conduct criminal background checks on all of their job applicants. However, what happens if something questionable shows up on the background check that reveals a criminal past? Do you have the right to ask them about it?

Yes, you do. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidelines strongly recommend employers speak to their candidates about a criminal history brought up in a background check.

In a Guidance document released in 2012, the EEOC describes the circumstances under which an employer’s use of arrest and conviction records can violate Title VII’s disparate treatment and disparate impact theories. The EEOC continues to embrace a test that evaluates criminal history, known as the Green factors

The Green factors include:

  1. The nature or gravity of the offense or conduct
  2. The time elapsed since the conviction and/or completion of the sentence
  3. The nature of the job sought or held

But what is significant about the enforcement Guidance? It tries to assist employers with a better understanding of how the EEOC believes these factors should be applied.

Application questions

As a best practice, the EEOC encourages employers to not ask about convictions on an employment application. However, if the employer does ask the applicant about their criminal background past, the Guidance recommends that they only ask questions that are relevant to the position and job duties.

Arrest records

The Guidance states that an employer may not use arrest records to solely treat an applicant differently and cannot use arrest records alone as a reason to deny employment. However, if an employee has been arrested, the Guidance allows employment decisions to be based on the conduct underlying the arrest. As long as the reason for which the employee or applicant was arrested is relevant and makes the individual unfit for the position, than the employee or applicant may be terminated/not offered employment for the arrest.

Individualized assessments

This is when an employer will inform an employee or applicant that he or she will be screened for a criminal background. The individual is given an opportunity to respond and then the employer considers the circumstances before making a decision.

“In the Guidance, the EEOC states that employers who develop a targeted screen using the Green factors as well as the individualized assessment, can avoid Title VII liability.”

Compliance with federal law:

“The Guidance affirms that an employer who is conducting criminal background checks in order to comply with another federal law or regulation will not violate Title VII.”

However, the EEOC states that if a screening exceeds the scope of a federally imposed restriction, liability can occur if an employer doesn’t provide evidence that justifies an enhanced policy.

EEOC Guidance check list for HR professionals

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