Contemporary Best Practices in Employment Testing: Are Your Tests Defensible?

SHRM 2013 Employment Law and Legislative Conference
Contemporary Best Practices in Employment Testing: Are Your Tests Defensible?
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Workplace Application:  Validation research is critical to understanding the legal defensibility of selection procedures.

A controversial issue in employment law is the use of tests and other selection procedures to make hiring, promotion and other organizational decisions. Tests that are professionally developed and supported by research, and that can have a substantial impact on organizational performance, are usually legally defensible. Tests that are not professionally developed or supported by research, and that have an adverse impact on members of a protected group, can be mechanisms for systemic discrimination. In this presentation, industrial-organizational psychologists review:

  • Contemporary best practices for selecting, using and validating various selection procedures, including employment tests.
  • The current state of the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (1978).
  • How to set cut scores.
  • Standards for considering reasonable alternatives.
  • Common enforcement agency criticisms of validation research.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, March 11, 2013 - 10:15am to 11:45am

Eric Dunleavy, Ph.D.

Dunleavy, Ph.D.

Eric M. Dunleavy, Ph.D., is a Principal Consultant at DCI Consulting Group, where he is involved in equal employment opportunity audit and litigation consulting. He also serves on staff with the Center for Corporate Equality (CCE), which is a national nonprofit employer and research association based in Washington, DC, whose mission is to promote proactive affirmative action, equal employment regulatory compliance, and other human resource management strategies to create diverse organizations free from workplace bias. Eric's primary areas of expertise are in employee selection, employment testing, validation research, adverse impact analyses and other quantitative methods. His most recent work has focused on advanced quantitative analyses for assessing adverse impact and on selection procedure validation research in the context of OFCCP enforcement.
Eric received his M.A. (2002) and Ph.D. (2004) in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a concentration in data analysis from the University of Houston. He received an Honors B.A. (2000) in Psychology from St. Anselm College.

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
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Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Business Acumen
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