Katharine Parker

Katharine Parker

Proskauer Rose LLP

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds Failure to Accommodate Religion May Be Evidence of Intentional Discrimination

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held in favor of the EEOC in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Store Stores, Inc. The EEOC claimed that Abercrombie violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) by refusing to...more

6/2/2015 - Abercrombie & Fitch Appearance Policy Disparate Impact Disparate Treatment EEOC v Abercrombie Hiring & Firing Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination SCOTUS Title VII

“Ban the Box” Trend Continues Across the Country

The “ban the box” movement—which seeks to remove questions about criminal history from an employer’s initial employment application—continues to cut across geographic and political divides. In March and April, we blogged...more

5/22/2015 - Ban the Box Discrimination Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

California Court Dismisses FCRA Class Action Against LinkedIn

In recent years, the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has become the focus of increasing litigation. By way of background, FCRA regulates consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) that assemble or evaluate “consumer reports” for...more

5/15/2015 - Background Checks Class Action Consumer Reporting Agencies Employee References FCRA Hiring & Firing LinkedIn

Credit Checks To Be Banned in NYC

On April 16, 2015, by a 47-3 vote, the New York City Council passed a bill (Int. 0261-2014) to amend the NYC Human Rights Law to prohibit most employers from inquiring into or considering a prospective or current employee’s...more

4/20/2015 - Background Checks Credit Checks Hiring & Firing Pending Legislation

Hiring Tests in the News

A front page article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal highlights the growing use of pre-employment personality and psychological testing to screen job candidates. These tests are designed to evaluate technical skills,...more

4/16/2015 - EEOC Hiring & Firing Proficiency Testing

Hawaii Supreme Court Says Employer Failed to Establish “Rational Relationship” Between Applicant’s Drug Conviction and Position...

Hawaii, like some other states, only permits employers to consider convictions that bear a “rational relationship to the duties and responsibilities of the position.” Recently, the Hawaii Supreme Court had occasion to decide...more

3/25/2015 - Criminal Background Checks Drug Distribution EEOC Healthcare Professionals Hiring & Firing

Georgia “Ban the Box” Policy Crosses Geographic, Political Divides

Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order this past week adopting a “ban the box” policy for “government entities of the State of Georgia,” making Georgia the first Southern state and only the second “red...more

3/3/2015 - Ban the Box Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Nathan Deal Public Employers

EEOC Background Check Litigation Strategy Criticized

Readers who have been following the EEOC’s efforts to prosecute employers who conduct background checks will be interested in the Wall Street Journal’s editorial, “Hit Us Again, Harder.” ...more

3/2/2015 - Background Checks EEOC Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing

Fourth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment against EEOC in Background Check Suit

Last week, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) v. Freeman, No. 13-2365 (4th Cir. Feb. 20, 2105), the Fourth Circuit affirmed the award of summary judgment against the EEOC in its suit alleging that the...more

2/24/2015 - Criminal Background Checks Disparate Impact EEOC Employee Credit Checks Evidence Expert Testimony Hiring & Firing Summary Judgment Title VII

Michigan Protects Employers from Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims

On January 1, a new Michigan law took effect to protect companies that hire ex-offenders who go on to cause damage or injury during the course of their employment. Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas recently passed...more

1/16/2015 - Criminal Records Hiring & Firing Job Applicants New Legislation Workplace Safety

New Minnesota Expungement Law Helps Protect Employers from Liability

A new Minnesota law that took effect on January 1 expands the opportunities for ex-offenders to expunge their criminal records. In an effort to protect employers who hire employees with expunged records, the new law provides...more

1/6/2015 - Ban the Box Conditional Job Offers Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Expungement Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

Background Checks Headline in 2014

In 2014, background checks were a hot topic in state and local legislatures. Before this year, only 8 jurisdictions in the country had passed laws preventing private employers from asking job candidates about their criminal...more

12/24/2014 - Background Checks Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks EEOC Employee Credit Checks Employer Liability Issues FCRA Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

NYC Council Debates Expansive “Ban the Box” Bill

A couple of months ago, we blogged about the New York City Council’s general support for a proposal that would effectively ban credit checks in hiring and other personnel decisions. As the council continues to debate credit...more

12/15/2014 - Ban the Box Conditional Job Offers Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

Prince George’s County “Bans the Box”

Add another locality to the growing list that have “banned the box” for private employers. Starting January 20, 2015, employers with at least twenty-five full-time employees in Prince George’s County (MD) can no longer ask...more

12/12/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Hiring & Firing Interviews

Columbia, Missouri Joins “Ban the Box” Trend

Columbia, Missouri is the latest jurisdiction to “ban the box” by prohibiting private employers from making criminal inquiries on an employment application. The law, which took effect on December 1, 2014, only allows...more

12/9/2014 - Background Checks Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance

San Francisco Issues Guidance for Employers and Contractors on Fair Chance Ordinance

San Francisco has posted FAQs explaining key provisions of the city’s so-called Fair Chance Ordinance (“Ordinance”), which took effect on August 13, 2014. The Ordinance “bans the box,” prohibiting most private employers and...more

12/9/2014 - Background Checks Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance San Francisco

Rochester Issues FAQs on Newly Effective “Ban the Box” Ordinance

Rochester recently posted FAQs highlighting key provisions of the city’s “ban the box” ordinance, which takes effect today. The new law prohibits employers from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal conviction history until...more

11/18/2014 - Ban the Box Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants New Legislation

FTC Issues Another Guide on Background Checks

As we reported in our prior alert, in March of this year, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a short brochure—Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know—on the use of background checks in hiring...more

11/12/2014 - Background Checks Criminal Background Checks FTC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

Marijuana Users in Michigan Eligible for Unemployment

Medicinal marijuana users in Michigan who are lawfully terminated by their employer for failing a drug test are, according to the Michigan Court of Appeals, entitled to receive unemployment benefits....more

10/30/2014 - Drug Testing Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Medical Marijuana Termination Unemployment Benefits Unemployment Insurance

Connecticut Broadens Exemptions to Law Limiting Credit Checks

Connecticut has added mortgage brokers, lenders, and servicing companies to the list of “financial institutions” exempted under the state’s existing law limiting credit checks for purposes of employment. The amendment, which...more

10/28/2014 - Background Checks Brokers Consumer Lenders Credit Checks Exemptions Financial Institutions Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Loan Servicer Mortgage Brokers Mortgage Servicers

Madison, WI Resolution Targets “Ban the Box” Legislation For City Contractors and Vendors

The Common Council of Madison, Wisconsin passed a resolution that prohibits the city (i) from asking questions concerning an applicant’s criminal history on the city’s initial employment applications (i.e., “banning the...more

9/11/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance Municipalities

New "Ban the Box" Developments in Baltimore, Rochester, and Minnesota

Criminal background checks and a desire to increase employment opportunities for the formerly incarcerated continue to be a hot topic in state and local legislatures. This month the cities of Baltimore, Maryland and...more

5/28/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employer Mandates Employment Policies Hiring & Firing

New Georgia Law Helps Protect Employers from Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims

On April 13, 2014, Georgia's governor signed SB 365 to, in part, protect employers that hire and retain employees with criminal convictions. Under the new law, if the Department of Corrections issues a "Program and Treatment...more

4/17/2014 - Criminal Records Department of Corrections Employee Retention Hiring & Firing Negligent Hiring

Wisconsin Latest State to Provide Social Media Protections to Applicants and Employees

On April 8, 2014, Governor Scott Walker signed Wisconsin Act 208 to prohibit employers from requiring or requesting that prospective and current employees disclose usernames and passwords for their personal Internet accounts....more

4/15/2014 - Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Internet Privacy Passwords User Names

San Francisco "Bans the Box" for Private Employers and City Contractors

The Mayor of San Francisco recently signed an ordinance that prohibits private employers and city contractors and subcontractors (collectively "contractors") from asking job applicants about their criminal histories until...more

2/24/2014 - Arrest and Conviction Records Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employment Application Hiring & Firing Human Resources Professionals Municipalities Publication Requirement Recordkeeping Requirements Recruitment Policies

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