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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 10-245



Public Comment Period Extended

[40 Pa.B. 816]
[Saturday, February 6, 2010]

 The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, or PHRC, has extended the public comment period until March 5, 2010, on proposed policy guidance titled, The Disparate Impact Discrimination Implications of a Denial of Employment Based on a Criminal Record. Proposed guidance is intended to assist public and private employers, employment agencies and labor unions in their efforts to comply with the employment provisions found in the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (43 P. S. §§ 951—963).

 Policy guidance, unlike PHRC regulations, does not have the full force and effect of law, but is meant to serve as a tool to help ensure equal opportunity for all who seek employment in this Commonwealth. Guidance is also intended as a preventative measure to reduce employment discrimination by helping jobseekers, employees and employers understand the implications of adopting hiring and job retention policies that may disparately impact racial minority job applicants and employees.

Public Comments:

 Public comments, prior to final consideration of the proposed guidance, will be received by the PHRC until March 5, 2010. Comments may be submitted by e-mail to and should include the subject line, ''Comments on Proposed Policy Guidance.'' Comments can also be mailed to Homer C. Floyd, Executive Director, 301 Chestnut Street, Suite 300, Harrisburg, PA 17101-1702. Comments submitted by fax will not be accepted.

Consideration of Comments

 Commissioners will have the opportunity to review comments prior to consideration of final policy guidance, which is tentatively scheduled during their monthly public meeting on March 22, 2010 at the address listed previously. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. To determine whether consideration of comments will be on the agenda, contact the commission the week prior to the meeting at (717) 787-4410.

Executive Director

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-245. Filed for public inspection February 5, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

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