Stephen R. Woods

Stephen R. Woods

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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It’s (Not So) Sunny in Philadelphia [for Employers]: City Enacts New Prohibitions on Credit Checks

A new Philadelphia ordinance amending the City’s Fair Practices Act goes into effect on July 7, 2016. The amendment severely limits an employer’s ability to procure and use credit information on most applicants and employees...more

7/7/2016 - Adverse Action Background Checks Credit Checks Employee Credit Checks Exceptions FCRA Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Local Ordinance

The Philadelphia Ban-the-Box Poster is Here: The Ins and Outs of the Posting Requirement

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations has released the poster employers are required to display under the new amendments to Philadelphia’s “ban the box” law, the Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Act. The...more

3/14/2016 - Amended Legislation Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks FCRA Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Posting Requirements

New York City Issues Proposed Rules Related to the Fair Chance Act

On February 16, 2016, the New York City Commission on Human Rights issued proposed rules related to the city’s Fair Chance Act (FCA)—the restrictive ban-the-box law that went into effect in October of 2015 and prohibits...more

2/29/2016 - Ban the Box Comment Period Conditional Job Offers Criminal Background Checks Fair Chance Act Hiring & Firing Job Applicants NYCCHR Proposed Regulation

Everything You Need to Know About New York's New FCA Guidance

As we previously reported, New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) went into effect on October 27, 2015. On November 5, 2015, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR or Commission) issued long-anticipated guidance...more

11/13/2015 - Conditional Offers Criminal Background Checks Damages Employer Liability Issues Exemptions Fair Chance Act Hiring & Firing Human Rights Job Applicants Job Descriptions Job Offers

New York City Issues Fair Chance Act Notice Form for Criminal Background Checks

As we previously reported in July and June, New York City recently passed the Fair Chance Act (FCA), which becomes effective on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, and is applicable to criminal background checks. Among other...more

10/28/2015 - Adverse Employment Action Background Checks Criminal Background Checks Employer Liability Issues Fair Chance Act Hiring & Firing Job Applicants NYCHRL Reporting Requirements Required Forms

Corrected Forms from Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

As discussed in an earlier blog post, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — which now has the responsibility of enforcing the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), a role previously held by the Federal Trade...more

11/28/2012 - Background Checks CFPB FCRA Notice Requirements Summary of Rights

Employers Will Need to Use New FCRA Forms by January 1

Employers will be required to use updated forms as part of their background check process by January 1, 2013, as responsibility for interpreting the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) transfers from the Federal Trade...more

9/19/2012 - Background Checks CFPB FCRA FTC Hiring & Firing

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