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Criminal background check restrictions blocked in Texas

EEOC no longer enforcing the Obama-era guidance in Texas.

The Texas Tribune reports the request that was granted by a federal judge in Lubbock will impact prospective employees.

Since 2012, the federal government has tried to make it easier for convicted criminals to find work by limiting background checks done by prospective employers.

The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) advised employers to use criminal background checks during job screenings only when it was job-related or necessary for the business.

in 2013 the state filed a lawsuit against the EEOC saying that the policy made it easier for convicted criminals to find work.

The new report says the EEOC can no longer enforce the Obama-era guidance in Texas.

The report says the Attorney General Ken Paxton was content with the court's ruling.

In a statement, he said the past hiring guidelines were unlawful.

The federal government could still choose to appeal the ruling.

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