Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

Ballard Spahr LLP

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FTC and EEOC Issue Joint Guidance on Employer Use of Background Checks

A new joint publication of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) serves as a reminder to employers of the risks that come with the use of background information when making...more

3/18/2014 - Background Checks Criminal Background Checks EEOC FCRA FTC

Governor Christie Bolsters N.J.’s Law Against Discrimination To Expressly Protect Pregnancy and Childbirth

Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation amending the state’s powerful Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to provide increased protection for employees based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical...more

1/30/2014 - ADA Civil Rights Act Discrimination Employee Rights Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Title VII

CFPB Warns Employers on Required Use of Payroll Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a bulletin warning employers that they cannot require employees to receive their wages on payroll cards. The bulletin appears to respond to the explosive growth in the use...more

9/16/2013 - CFPB Compliance EFTA Minimum Wage Payroll Cards Regulation E Wages

New Law in New Jersey Requires Unpaid Leave for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Victims

Effective October 1, 2013, certain employers in New Jersey must provide up to 20 days of unpaid leave to employees who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault....more

8/14/2013 - Chris Christie Domestic Violence New Legislation SAFE Act Sexual Assault Unpaid Leave

Payroll Cards – The Inquiry Broadens

As we reported in our July 11 legal alert, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has commenced an investigation into the widening practice of employers paying hourly employees through the use of prepaid payroll cards....more

7/19/2013 - DOL Employer Liability Issues Fees Minimum Wage Payroll Cards Wage and Hour

N.Y. Attorney General Investigates Use of Payroll Cards

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into companies that pay hourly employees by depositing payroll onto prepaid cards. More than 20 large employers have received letters from Schneiderman...more

7/11/2013 - Disclosure Requirements Payroll Cards Payroll Records Prepaid Payment Products Wages

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