Rod Fliegel

Rod Fliegel

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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

The Swelling Tide of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Class Actions: Practical Risk-Mitigating Measures for Employers

In This Issue: - Summary Of FCRA Obligations On Employers That Use Consumer Reports - Potential Liability For FCRA Non-Compliance - The Swelling Tide Of Class Action Filings - Mitigating Measures -...more

8/4/2014 - Background Checks Best Management Practices Class Action Consumer Reports Credit Reports Employer Liability Issues FCRA Hiring & Firing Risk Assessment Risk Mitigation Screening Procedures

Federal Court Grants Class Certification in Title VII Disparate Impact Suit Over Alleged Discriminatory Criminal Records Screening...

On July 1, 2014, the court granted class certification in a high-profile disparate impact discrimination case against the Census Bureau in federal court in New York based on its criminal record screening practices, Houser et...more

7/9/2014 - Criminal Records Discrimination Job Applicants Title VII

Sixth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of EEOC Suit Against Employer Screening Applicants Based on Credit History Information

In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its updated enforcement guidance concerning how, in its view, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) restricts an employer’s discretion...more

4/18/2014 - Criminal Background Checks EEOC Employee Credit Checks Hiring & Firing Kaplan Title VII

Weathering the Sea Change in Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation in 2014

In 2013, the ballooning number of employment class actions illuminated the sea change in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation. The FCRA was enacted in 1970 during President Nixon's administration, and is hardly in its...more

1/6/2014 - Background Checks Ban the Box Consent Contract Drafting Credit Reporting Agencies Credit Reports Employee Rights Employment Policies FCRA Hiring & Firing Job Offers Personnel Records

New California Laws Restrict the Discretion Employers Have to Inquire Into and Use Criminal Record Information

On October 10, 2013, California joined the growing list of states with expanded protections for individuals with prior criminal records when Governor Jerry Brown approved a bill (SB 530) amending the California Labor Code.1 ...more

10/25/2013 - Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records Discrimination Expungement Sealed Records

Fair Credit Reporting Act Amendment Offers Important Protections From Lawsuits Targeting Background Check Programs

In This Issue: - Summary Of FCRA Obligations On Employers That Use Consumer Reports For Employment Purposes - Potential Liability For FCRA Non-Compliance And The Growing Wave Of FCRA Class Action -...more

9/11/2013 - Compliance Criminal Background Checks FATCA FCRA Investigations

Federal Court Dismisses EEOC Title VII Disparate Impact Suit Over Alleged Discriminatory Background Checks Without Trial

On August 9, 2013, a federal district court judge in Maryland dismissed, without a trial, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Title VII suit against Freeman over alleged discriminatory background checks based...more

8/13/2013 - Background Checks Discrimination Dismissals Disparate Impact EEOC Expert Witness Frivolous Lawsuits Title VII

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

Two New EEOC Criminal Record Lawsuits Underscore Important Strategic and Practical Considerations for Employers Conducting...

In March 2010, an employer successfully persuaded the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to concede its disparate impact discrimination lawsuit against the employer based on its criminal record screening policies...more

6/17/2013 - Background Checks Consumer Reports Credit History Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records Discrimination Disparate Impact EEOC Enforcement Actions Investigations Title VII

The Flurry of New Employment Laws Regulating the Use of Criminal Records Continues with Expanded Restrictions in Indiana, North...

The public policy interests supporting employment-related protections for ex-offenders, including encouraging ex-offenders to reenter the workforce, are detailed in the updated EEOC Enforcement Guidance, titled “Consideration...more

6/11/2013 - Arrest and Conviction Records Background Checks Criminal Background Checks Criminal Records Expungement Hiring & Firing New Legislation Title VII

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

Minnesota Enacts “Ban the Box Law" Prohibiting Employment Application Criminal History Checkmark Boxes and Restricting Criminal...

Effective January 1, 2014, recent amendments to Minnesota law will restrict the timing of pre-employment inquiries by most private employers into a candidate’s criminal past. Employers who are not exempted from the law may...more

5/19/2013

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

EEOC Suit Against Employer Screening Applicants Based on Credit History Information Dismissed

In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its updated enforcement guidance concerning how, in its view, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) restricts an employer's discretion...more

2/5/2013 - Background Checks Burden of Proof Credit History Criminal Background Checks Daubert Ruling Dismissals Disparagement EEOC Evidence Summary Judgment Title VII

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