We know you don't purposefully discriminate against people, but if you discriminate unintentionally you could be faced with legal charges. Don't get slammed with a law suit by the Department of Labour for discrimination with these five tips.
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Avoid discrimination in your hiring process with these five tips
1. Develop a clear job description
– The duties expected in a job description must be clear. This'll give you a basis for your interview questions. For example, an applicant for a bus driver position must pass an eye test and have a valid driver's license to be considered for the job. Having these are essential for the job.
2. Review the job description fully
– Ensure the information you need from the applicant's a must-have for the job. This'll ensure you don't ask questions that are sensitive and protected by law. For example, a job that involves heavy lifting will mainly be a male role. But this shouldn't exclude women who apply for the job.
3. Review your background checks fully
– Often the information found in a background check can discriminate against an applicant. Background checks are done to confirm the facts given by an applicant is correct. For example, you'll need a criminal check if the employee's going to be handling large sums of money. This type of check isn't necessary for a receptionist. Ensure the information gained from a background check is important to the job.
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4. Be careful how you ask a question
– Prepare a list of questions before you begin the interview. This'll help you avoid asking unfair questions such as 'Do you have your own car?' A sales job requires the applicant to have their own car, so allow them a fair time frame to get one if they need to.
5. Have more than one person hiring staff
- The decision maker should check the final candidates last. This ensures the hiring process is done properly. This'll also protect against discrimination towards other applicants who may be better qualified for the position.
Being sensitive to discrimination will help you get the best person for the job and help you stay compliant with discrimination laws. See R03 of the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management
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