Obama's "Jobs Bill:" Discussion of candidate's 'job history' during interview may be off-limits (!) State, National, International, posted by Amy, a resident of the Amador Estates neighborhood, on Sep 16, 2011 at 7:54 am
Imagine that. The most valid predictor of a candidate's success potential on the job is to learn of their job history. But if the Obama Jobs Bill passes, it threatens to make a discussion of job history off-limits!
"Employers already know that questions about age, marital status, religion, and the like are out-of-bounds during job interviews because of how easy even innocent questions on these topics will bolster later claims of discrimination. This law would threaten to make the topic of job history off-limits as well. Itís absurd to think that recent job history is somehow an unfair criterion to use when evaluating competing candidates for a position. Unless the job involves unskilled labor, a candidate who has not worked in two years will not be as valuable to a company as one that has maintained his or her skills up to the moment. If businesses are no longer allowed to evaluate candidates based on objective value, then what are they supposed to use for hiring criteria?"
(source: Trojan Horse for Trial Lawyers > Web Link
This is a further example of how the Obama Administration is deliberately destroying our economy...and ensuring that the unemployed will remain unemployed.
Posted by Matt, a resident of the Gatewood neighborhood, on Sep 16, 2011 at 9:22 am
You're talking partisan nonsense. The article you cite says that they can't discriminate based on the fact that they're unemployed. It does not say that they can't use job history as a criterion when evaluating candidates.
I agree the provision is unnecessary regulation that invites more lawsuits, but there's no way it would be used as as you assert, and it's disingenuous to suggest it will.
And, really, "deliberately destroying our economy"? Anyone who spouts stuff like this is feeding into the partisan rhetoric that is blocking our ability to solve real problems. Both parties behave in a way that puts their success and power ahead of the success of the country. They're Coke and Pepsi. Stop playing into their hands.
Posted by Sam, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Sep 16, 2011 at 9:57 am
Matt said: "You're talking partisan nonsense. The article you cite says that they can't discriminate based on the fact that they're unemployed. It does not say that they can't use job history as a criterion when evaluating candidates."
Interesting that such a distinction is beyond the grasp of someone who claims that she is a VP of HR with 30 years of experience.