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1 Safe Hire Training for Search Committees Implementing an Effective and Legal Hiring Program

2 What will be covered Why do we offer training for members of Search Committees and Interview Panels? Overview of Employment Law Hiring Process Selection Criteria Additional Resources

3 Why is this training offered? When serving on a Search Committee for a Professional recruitment, you are required to complete a training designed to protect you and W&M. Safe Hire training for Search Committee members is required every 2 years Reduces liability associated with unsafe or illegal hiring practices Broadens the opportunity to Welcome Diversity

4 Employment Laws

5 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC is responsible for enforcing laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or employee because of the persons…. Race Color Religion Sex – including pregnancy National Origin Age – 40 years or older Disability Genetic Information

6 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) The Pregnancy Discrimination Act Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) Sections 102 & 103 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)

7 What is Equal Opportunity Equal access to apply for jobs Equal treatment in the hiring process Laws enacted to protect against discrimination based on certain characteristics

8 Legally Protected Classes Race/Color National Origin Pregnancy Sex Equal Pay Disability Religion Age Genetic Information Veterans

9 Race, Color, National Origin, Sex or Religion Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Race- Related Characteristics and Conditions Color Discrimination

10 Age Discrimination The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) Forbids discrimination against people who are age 40 or older Unlawful to discriminate against a person because of his/her age with respect to any term, condition, or privilege of employment

11 Disability Discrimination The Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act Who is defined as having a disability? Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities Has a record of such an impairment, or Is regarded as having such an impairment What is a reasonable accommodation? Making existing facilities used by employees readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities. Job restructuring, modifying work schedules, reassignment to a vacant position. Acquiring or modifying equipment or devices, adjusting or modifying examinations, training materials, or policies, and providing qualified readers or interpreters.

12 Sex and Pregnancy Discrimination Sex Discrimination involves treating someone such as an applicant or employee unfavorably because of that persons sex. It can also involve treating someone less favorably because of his or her connection with an organization or group that is generally associated with people of a certain sex. Pregnancy Discrimination Act forbids discrimination based on pregnancy in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, etc.

13 Equal Pay Discrimination The Equal Pay Act Requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. The jobs need not be identical, but must be substantially equal.

14 Genetic Information Discrimination Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) Definition of Genetic Information Information about genetic tests of the individual and also of their family members

15 Veteran Preference Do not discriminate against veterans or those who could be assigned to active duty Can discuss military experience if it is relevant work experience Veterans Preference Initial screening – applicants must meet the required criteria at a minimum or better level on their own Veteran Status is considered as a preferred qualification Service-connected disability is considered as a second preferred qualification Surviving spouse, or child, of a veteran who was killed in the line of duty is considered as an additional preferred qualification Member of the VA National Guard is considered as an additional preferred qualification

16 Affirmative Action Affirmative action is the practice of improving the educational and job opportunities of members of groups that have not been treated fairly. Increases Diversity efforts for underutilized positions. What can you do as a Committee? Try to recruit a diverse, qualified applicant pool Promote equitable hiring procedures Consider how best to reach women or minority applicants in your recruitment plan as part of improving diversity efforts Consider the qualifications of all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for the position Ties should go to the candidate who brings diversity

17 Implicit Biases: Reviewing Applicants: Research on Bias & Assumptions

18 Implicit Biases

19 Suggestions for minimizing the influence of bias and assumptions: Determine whether qualified women and underrepresented minorities are included in your pool at rates expected based on availability, and consider whether evaluation biases and assumptions are influencing your decisions by asking yourself the following questions: Are women and minority candidates subject to different expectations in areas such as numbers of publications, name recognition, or personal acquaintance with a committee member? Have the accomplishments, ideas, and findings of women or minority candidates been undervalued or unfairly attributed to a research director or collaborators despite contrary evidence in publications or letters of reference Is the ability of women or minorities to run a research group, raise funds, and supervise students and staff of different gender or ethnicity being underestimated? (Recall social assumptions about leadership abilities). Are assumptions about possible family responsibilities and their effect on a candidates career path negatively influencing evaluation of a candidates merit, despite evidence of productivity? (Recall studies of the influence of generalizations on evaluation.) Are negative assumptions about whether women or minority candidates will fit in to the existing environment influencing evaluation? (Recall students choice of counselor).

20 Online Hiring Process

21 Applicant Online Site

22 How to get started ??? An approved position description is required before you can request to post your position Professional positions are posted for a minimum of 30 days Applicant materials can be reviewed as received however; interviews for professional positions cant begin until position is posted for 10 days Staff positions are posted for a minimum of 10 days

23 PeopleAdmin Home Page

24 Search Committee/Interview Panel Roles & Responsibilities Members should be individuals who understand the requirements of the position Committee or Panel ideally is composed of individuals from diverse backgrounds to provide a variety of perspectives The responsibilities of these individuals is to work with the Hiring Official in selecting candidates to be interviewed, conducting interviews, completing all necessary documentation and making the final recommendations for consideration to the final hiring authority Must be available for reviewing applications and resumes Must be available for interviews Understand their role in the process and when final recommendations are to be made

25 Screening & Selecting Applicants Review your applicant pool using the minimum qualifications established in the position description Decide which applicants to interview Conduct the interviews Complete background checks, such as references Select your finalist

26 Screening Screen Consistently – applicants must have the minimum qualifications as outlined in the position description Professional searches – screen for minimum qualifications before you do an in-depth review. Have each member of the Committee screen independently. Staff – make sure each panel member is aware of the minimum qualifications and also screen independently. Applicant materials are confidential. Do not share knowledge of the search prior to initial interviews.

27 Deciding who to Interview If you are related to anyone in the pool, please do not participate in selection or interview Avoid any perception of favoritism or pre-selection If any applicant is a friend, consider stepping off committee Do not provide a letter of reference for an applicant for your position Use common sense for any potential conflict

28 Evaluating Candidates Ability Willingness Manageability

29 Ability How relevant is their experience? Can they provide examples? Am I willing to fill in their gaps with training? Do they have skills I cant teach? Knowledge, Skills and Abilities from the position description are a great tool to help evaluate.

30 Willingness How willing are they to do the work required? What motivates them? Are they passionate about work and success? Why do they want to work here, in this job, at this time?

31 Manageability Will they work with your management style? If not, are you willing to adapt your style? Will the amount of independence available match their needs? How have they worked with previous managers? In what types of environments are they most successful?

32 Conducting Interviews Prepare legal and job related interview questions to be asked of each candidate interviewed. During the formal interview focus on the job duties and responsibilities. When in an informal setting, be aware of your verbal and non- verbal reactions. When making small talk, remember nothing is off the record. Common Pitfalls

33 Completing Background Checks Reference checks are not required but encouraged HR has a Reference Check form available on our website Make sure to have candidates permission prior to obtaining a reference from their current employer A criminal history check must be completed for all new hires prior to their start date

34 Choosing a Finalist When making a decision regarding the finalist make sure to consider all information such as: Application materials, including resume and cover letter Interview References Evaluation by other interviewers Any other relevant information

35 Resources Employment Specialist HR Hiring & Recruitment Webpage PeopleAdmin Useful Links

36 Questions ????? Thank you for your time. If you have any questions, please Contact the Office of Human Resources

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