Sometimes, though, applying this list in real-world situations can be confusing, and it's easy to ask something out-of-bounds when it's possible to get the information you really want with a slightly reworded query. Networking site, Excelle, put together a list of illegal questions and their re-worked legal alternatives.
Legal version: Are you over 18?
Remember that while you can't ask someone's age, it's perfectly legal to ensure they're legally old enough to work for you.
Legal version: Are you willing to travel for this position?
You can't ask if someone is married, divorced or has kids. But if you are trying to determine if they can manage travel or flexible hours, go ahead and ask that directly.
Legal version: Are you legally authorized to work in the U.S.?
Where your candidate is from is immaterial; the real question is if they can legally work here. Just don't directly ask if they have a work visa -- it's HR's job to ensure all the paperwork is complete before the start date.
Legal version: Have you ever been convicted of [fill in the blank]?
Perhaps surprisingly, you can't ask someone about their general criminal background. But it's appropriate to ask about criminal behavior that's directly related to the specific field or career in which the person is applying.