Small Biz Tip: Pre-Screening Employees: Legal Interview Questions

Tips from June 22, 2009 The Small Business tips today will be about legal questions you can ask when hiring an employee. Questions regarding citizenship are tricky to ask during an interview. You cannot ask if your potential employee is a U.S. citizen, but you may ask if they are authorized to work in the United States. Asking about age could lead to cases for discrimination down the road.  Instead, ask if they are over the age of 18 to be sure your potential employee can legally work for you. Although it would be good to know if a potential employee has been arrested, you cannot ask that question in an interview.  Instead, ask if they have been convicted of a specific crime (fraud, theft, etc).  The specific crime should be related to the performance of the job in question. Asking potential employers if they “have any disabilities” is illegal and will be discussed further in later tips. If the interv... [Read Full Article]