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Philadelphia Becomes the First Jurisdiction in 2016 to Restrict Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

On June 7, 2016, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill to make it unlawful, with limited exceptions, for employers to procure or use an applicant’s or employee’s credit history for employment purposes. Philadelphia...more

6/21/2016 - Background Checks Corporate Counsel Credit History Employer Liability Issues Employment Application Employment Discrimination Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance Popular

Connecticut Becomes the Third Jurisdiction in 2016 to "Ban the Box"

On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law that prohibits most employers from requesting criminal history information on an initial employment application. Connecticut’s new “ban-the-box” law...more

6/6/2016 - Background Checks Ban the Box Corporate Counsel Criminal Background Checks Employment Application Hiring & Firing Job Applicants New Legislation

Vermont Joins the Ranks of Cities and States that "Ban the Box"

On May 3, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that prohibits most employers from requesting criminal history information on an employment application. The law adds a new section to the state statutory...more

5/10/2016 - Background Checks Ban the Box Corporate Counsel Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues FCRA Hiring & Firing Independent Contractors Job Applicants New Legislation

Austin Becomes the First City in Texas to “Ban the Box”

On March 24, 2016, the Austin City Council passed the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance, which will prohibit most employers from asking questions about or considering an individual’s criminal history until after making a...more

3/28/2016 - Ban the Box Corporate Counsel Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance

Oregon to Become the Latest State to Ban the Box

On June 16, 2015, the Oregon House passed an amended version of House Bill 3025, which will prohibit most employers from asking questions about criminal history on job applications or at any other point in the hiring process...more

6/23/2015 - Background Checks Ban the Box Best Practices Criminal Background Checks Enforcement Hiring & Firing Job Applicants New Legislation

New York City Council Passes the First Citywide Bill Restricting Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

On April 16, 2015, the New York City Council overwhelmingly passed a bill to make it unlawful for most employers to use an applicant's or employee's credit history for employment purposes, except in certain, specified...more

4/22/2015 - Credit Reports Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance Screening Procedures

San Francisco's OLSE Issues "FAQs" On Fair Chance Ordinance

Starting on August 13, 2014, employers doing business in the City of San Francisco, California have had to comply with sweeping amendments to San Francisco Police Code, Article 49, and Administrative Code, Article 12 ("the...more

12/18/2014 - Covered Entities Criminal Background Checks Hiring & Firing Job Applicants OLSE San Francisco

Four New Laws Within 40 Miles: The Washington, DC Area Accelerates the "Ban-the-Box" Movement

The Washington, DC area has become the leading edge of the "ban-the-box" movement, with four new ban-the-box laws applicable to private employers enacted in the past six months. Baltimore, Maryland, started the trend when...more

12/3/2014 - Background Checks Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks EEOC Employer Liability Issues Employment Application FCRA Hiring & Firing Job Applicants New Legislation

The Old (Law) is New Again: Plaintiffs Increasingly Using Old Pennsylvania Law to Challenge Background Check Decisions

In a climate of increased national scrutiny regarding employer use of criminal background screening, plaintiffs are turning to a provision in the Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Information Act (CHRIA), 18 Pa.C.S. §...more

11/10/2014 - Background Checks Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

Private Sector Employers in the District of Columbia Will Soon Be Required to Comply with a New Law Restricting Their Ability to...

On August 22, 2014, the District of Columbia Mayor signed a new law restricting most employers that operate in the District of Columbia in their ability to rely on criminal history information, including criminal background...more

8/25/2014 - Background Checks Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants New Legislation

New Jersey's "Opportunity to Compete Act" Continues the Nationwide "Ban-the-Box" Trend

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed “The Opportunity to Compete Act,” which restricts the ability of covered employers to inquire into, and use, criminal records. New Jersey’s so-called...more

8/13/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employee Rights Job Applicants

Illinois Enacts New Law Impacting Inquiries on Criminal Background Checks

On July 19, 2014, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, which will go into effect on January 1, 2015. The new law will restrict the timing of pre-employment...more

7/22/2014 - Background Checks Check the Box Rules Corporate Counsel Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

“Ban-the-Box” and Beyond: Employers That Do Business In or Contract with the City of San Francisco Should Review Sweeping...

On February 11, 2014, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed sweeping amendments to San Francisco Police Code, Article 49, and Administrative Code, Article 12 (“the amendments” or “the ordinances”) that significantly...more

2/19/2014 - Adverse Employment Action Anti-Retaliation Provisions Background Checks Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records Employee Definition Employment Application Human Resources Professionals Job Applicants Personnel Records Posting Requirements

Rhode Island Enacts "Ban the Box" Law Prohibiting Employment Application Criminal History Inquiries Until the First Job Interview

Effective January 1, 2014, a recent amendment to Rhode Island law will restrict the timing of pre-employment inquiries by Rhode Island employers about a job applicant's criminal past. Employers who are covered by the law may...more

7/18/2013 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Hiring & Firing Interviews Job Applicants New Legislation

Seattle Adopts Ordinance Limiting Inquiries Into and Use of Criminal Records for Employment Purposes

Effective November 1, 2013, Seattle, Washington will join various other jurisdictions (most recently Minnesota, Indiana, North Carolina and Buffalo, New York) that limit inquiries into and the use of criminal records for...more

6/17/2013 - Criminal Background Checks FCRA Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance Municipalities

Nevada is the Latest State to Restrict the Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

On May 25, 2013, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed a new law making Nevada the third state in the last 12 months to enact legislation restricting use by employers of credit reports and other credit history information for...more

5/31/2013 - Credit Reports Hiring & Firing Job Applicants New Legislation

Colorado is the Latest and Ninth State to Enact Legislation Restricting the Use of Credit Reports for Employment Purposes

On April 19, 2013, Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 13-018 (the "Employment Opportunity Act"), which will significantly restrict the ability of Colorado employers to use “consumer credit...more

4/29/2013 - Adverse Employment Action Credit Reports EEOC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

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