Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures

The following ‘Guidelines’ were established in 1978 (and periodically amended) to assure fair and equal hiring and promotion practices. Many HR departments do know know they exist. In a rare twist of government bureaucracy, the ‘Guidelines’ also represent best practices. They are usually the foundation for EEOC challenges.

CFR Code of Federal Regulations Pertaining to ESA

  • Title 41 Public Contracts and Property Management
    • Chapter 60 Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Equal Employment Opportunity, Department of Labor: Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures (1978)
Section Name
60-3.1  Statement of purpose.
60-3.2  Scope.
60-3.3  Discrimination defined: Relationship between use of selection procedures and discrimination.
60-3.4  Information on impact.
60-3.5  General standards for validity studies.
60-3.6  Use of selection procedures which have not been validated.
60-3.7  Use of other validity studies.
60-3.8  Cooperative studies.
60-3.9  No assumption of validity.
60-3.10  Employment agencies and employment services.
60-3.11  Disparate treatment.
60-3.12  Retesting of applicants.
60-3.13  Affirmative action.
60-3.14  Technical standards for validity studies.
60-3.15  Documentation of impact and validity evidence.
60-3.16  Definitions.
60-3.17  Policy statement on affirmative action (see section 13B).
60-3.18  Citations.


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