In a market in which the number of people looking for jobs wildly exceeds the number of jobs available, some employers have opted to narrow the field of applicants by eliminating unemployed workers from consideration. While some employers restrict the field to individuals who are currently employed, others allow candidates who are “recently unemployed” to apply. Although the reasons employers impose these limitations are not altogether clear, some jobs may have skill requirements that change quickly, and employers may be anxious to hire workers with the most up-to-the-minute skills. Whatever the reason, the tactic has drawn sharp criticism from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and legislative responses at the state and federal level.
Pending Federal Legislation