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(p. 3) The Legal Framework 

(p. 3) The Legal Framework
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(p. 3) The Legal Framework
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David M. Corey

, and Mark Zelig

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190873158.003.0001
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date: 26 May 2020

This chapter contains an overview of the legal framework, doctrines, and statutes that have a controlling influence on how police suitability and fitness evaluations are conducted in the United States. In a discussion that is rich in easily understood case law and engaging and practical detail, the authors orient the reader to the major federal laws and regulations governing these evaluations and to how the evaluations’ quality and defensibility can be optimized by compliance with the legal requirements. Emphasizing that psychological practice in the employment context is highly regulated by both federal mandates and local rules, the authors provide several examples of assessment procedures that are well accepted when providing healthcare but are illegal when deployed in the employment arena.

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