Arrest Records in Employment Decisions

At a Glance:

Location: United States

Date: 2013

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Meaningful Work and Wealth

Determinants of Health: neighborhood safety, employment, belonging and civic muscle, meaningful work and wealth, employment

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Justice Involved Populations

Research Methods: Literature review, Survey, Focus Groups, Primary research, Quantitative research, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban

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This mental health impact assessment, or MHIA, focused on a proposal to update the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Policy Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest Records in Employment Decisions. Having undergone an update for the first time in over twenty years, one proposed change was to prohibit employers from asking about arrests as part of an employee’s standard interview process.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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