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The Gov't Tries to Define 'Job Applicant'

As our nation of laws grows to include more laws, it appears we now have a need for a clear definition of who is an official Job Applicant. As noted on the Society for Human Resource Management website, federal agencies have been working for over two years to determine the exact definition of a job applicant.

Apparently the need exists. This new official definition will allegedly have “a far-reaching and dramatic impact on how [the government] enforce[s] federal employment laws, and how employers track job candidates and comply with the rules and regulations of statutes such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.”

Come on – two years to work this out? They’re even asking for more time because can’t seem to find an answer to the question: When does a person who is casually looking at job listings on the Internet actually become a full-fledged job applicant? Why not just say, “when someone turns in an application, they’re an applicant!”

Well, when the process is completed in several months, we’ll have a standardized definition that applies to all the rules and regulations that govern federal employment laws. I apologize, because somewhere this must be important, but I know we can do this in less than two years. I just did it in less than two minutes.
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