Magazine article HRMagazine

Can We Advertise for Local Applicants Only?

Magazine article HRMagazine

Can We Advertise for Local Applicants Only?

Article excerpt

Yes, but tread carefully. HR professionals and hiring managers give many reasons for preferring applicants who live close to the work location. They might want to speed the interview process by eliminating candidates' travel time or to minimize relocation costs. Or sometimes they fear that a person will have a change of heart at the last minute about relocating.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars employers from discriminating against individuals in employment decisions based on their race, color, sex, national origin and religion. Employers should be careful to not engage in what is called "unintentional discrimination." That occurs when a hiring practice appears neutral on the surface but ultimately has a negative impact on a protected group. When companies limit candidates to a particular geographic area, for example, the result may be an adverse impact on a specific race-and that can be problematic, regardless of how good your intentions are. …

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