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Directive:

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT GUIDANCE LETTER No. 11-14


Status: Active

WIOA Operating Guidance : No
Subject:
Update on Complying with Nondiscrimination Provisions: Credit History Restrictions and Possible Disparate Impact Based on Race, National Origin, Sex, and Disability

Purpose:
The purpose of this Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) is to provide information to the public workforce system and other entities (including the "covered entities" listed above) that receive federal financial assistance to operate job banks, about the use of credit information to exclude, screen, or select applicants for employment and to provide tools to educate employers about the practical and legal drawbacks of this employment practice. This guidance is being issued by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA), in conjunction with the Civil Rights Center (CRC).

This TEGL is accompanied by Training and Employment Notice (TEN) number 12-14: Promising Practices and Resources for Addressing Long-Term Unemployment,1 which outlines proactive steps that a number of employers, employer organizations, and workforce agencies have implemented or pledged to implement to address the unique barriers to employment facing many of the long-term unemployed. One of these barriers, the practice of using credit information to exclude applicants from employment, is the subject of this TEGL. Long-term unemployed individuals may be more likely than employed or short-term unemployed individuals to fall into debt due to prolonged periods when they lack sufficient income or employer-sponsored benefits such as health insurance to meet basic needs. As a result, these long-term unemployed individuals may be more likely to be negatively impacted by these credit screening practices.

To

AMERICAN JOB CENTERS
STATE WORKFORCE AGENCIES
STATE WORKFORCE ADMINISTRATORS
STATE WORKFORCE LIAISONS
STATE AND LOCAL WORKFORCE BOARD CHAIRS AND DIRECTORS
STATE AND LOCAL EQUAL OPPORTUNITY OFFICERS
STATE LABOR COMMISSIONERS
WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT SECTION 166 INDIAN AND NATIVE AMERICAN GRANTEES
WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT SECTION 167 MIGRANT AND SEASONAL FARMWORKER JOBS PROGRAM GRANTEES
SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM GRANTEES
EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING ADMINISTRATION REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS
JOB CORPS CONTRACTORS
RECIPIENTS OF DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
SUB-RECIPIENTS OF DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

From

PORTIA WU
Assistant Secretary
Employment and Training Administration

NAOMI BARRY-PEREZ
Director
Civil Rights Center

Date

October 17, 2014

Expiration Date

Continuing

Rescissions:    None
Contact :

Inquiries about incentive programs and other efforts to promote employment opportunities should be addressed to the appropriate ETA regional or national office. Please refer to Paragraph 6. of TEGL 11-14 as appropriate for more detailed contact information concerning this subject.




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