larrymantle Airtalk, the KPCC-FM (89.3) radio show hosted by Larry Mantle, today considered the new rules approved by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 25 that could make the search for employment easier for convicted criminals and others who have gotten into legal trouble. To listen to the program via the KPCC-FM archives or via podcast [CLICK HERE].

By a 4-1 vote, the EEOC approved the rules for employers who use criminal background checks, calling for careful consideration of how and when such reviews can be used in pre-employment screenings and in the workplace because of their potential to be biased against certain groups, such as racial minorities.

“The new guidance clarifies and updates the EEOC’s longstanding policy concerning the use of arrest and conviction records in employment, which will assist job seekers, employees, employers, and many other agency stakeholders,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline Berrien.

The changes are seen as a boon for workers who have been unable to land jobs or have lost jobs because of their criminal histories.