Learning about Pre-existing Medical Conditions before Hiring

Asking a prospective employee about any pre-existing medical conditions can be dangerous territory for an employer, if it is not handled correctly.  Particularly if a prospective employee who was advised they had been unsuccessful for the job, could show that an employer had taken adverse action against them based on a pre-existing injury.

So here’s a tip……………

When recruiting for a role that has certain physical requirements, employers should have such requirements documented as part of the position description which is discussed in the interview process, and ensure that any questionnaire about a prospective employee’s pre-existing health conditions is directly related to the specific physical requirements of the position being recruited.  


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