The August 2020 Economic Report continues to show the effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. economy. Although the unemployment rate has declined and payroll employment has increased, the economy still has much to improve to match pre-coronavirus levels.
Navigating the dos and don’ts of interview questions can be like walking through a minefield. Although you undoubtedly know not to ask about a person’s race or religion, you may be surprised at some of the questions the EEOC says you’re not allowed to ask! Here are a few of them:
Are you disabled in any way? Do you have any medical conditions we should know about? Pre-employment, you are allowed to inquire into an applicant’s ability to perform job-related functions. For example, you can describe the various functions of the job and ask, “Can you perform the functions of the job for which you’re applying?”
Why were you discharged from the military? How often do you do reserve duty?You also may not request military service records. However, you may question applicants about their experience in the military if it applies to your position.
Do you own or rent your house? A person’s economic status is protected. If you’re concerned about their distance from where your business is located, it’s better to ask if the applicant is able to relocate, and if so, how soon.