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Employment Law Checkup 2014

Each year usually starts with a lot of resolutions and good intentions that fall by the wayside, mostly for lack of a plan. One resolution of all employers should be to update their policies and practices to comply with the...more

Sixth Circuit Delivers Knockout to EEOC in Another Background Check Case

The EEOC suffered a major setback on April 9th when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in the highly watched background check case of EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, et al. The Sixth...more

The EEOC Loses Background Check Battle In The 6th Circuit

The Sixth Circuit issued a much anticipated ruling on April 9, 2014 related to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC’s”) systemic targeting of employer background check policies. ...more

A Check on the EEOC Attack on the Credit Check

We have written a few times about the EEOC’s closer inspection of background checks and the use of criminal records in employment decisions because of their potential adverse impact on classes of applicants. The EEOC has also...more

Trade Secrets? Tips For Keeping Data Safe

The leak of National Security Agency (NSA) data by computer contractor Edward Snowden ignited a global discussion about secrets of all kinds. For business owners, the increased odds of high tech theft are good reason to...more

Employment Law Reporter – April 2014

In This Issue: Pre-Hire Peril: Avoid Self-Sabotage Through Background Checks: In a joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, these federal agencies have...more

EEOC and FTC Issue Guidance on Employment Background Checks

On March 10, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) released joint guidance documents that explain respective duties and rights for employers and employees in regard to...more

Tales From The Crypt: Rule No. 8 – Even Sailors Behaving Badly Can Get Promoted

It is no secret that “sailor’s mouth” is an acronym for someone who liberally uses foul language in even the most formal situations. There was a time in my life when I was known for dropping the “f-bomb” a bit too frequently,...more

Just Don’t Ask: With The Fair Chance Ordinance, San Francisco Joins A Growing Number Of Jurisdictions That Restrict Employers’...

In February 2014, San Francisco joined the growing number of jurisdictions that have enacted so-called “ban the box” laws. Like many of its counterparts, San Francisco’s Fair Chance Ordinance, which will become effective in...more

Employee Background Checks: The First Step Before Determining Wages

In past Franczek Radelet Alerts and webinars, my colleagues and I have talked at length about the potential pitfalls for employers of background checks and the changes that the advent of the Consumer Financial Protection...more

Nation’s Largest Background Check Agencies Will No Longer Automatically Disqualify New York Job Applicants Based On Criminal...

On March 13, 2014, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced agreements with four of the nation’s largest background check agencies whereby they will not, on behalf of their clients, issue automatic...more

Hot Employment Topics For 2014 Part V: Use Of Arrests And Convictions In The Employment Process

This is the fifth of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part V focuses upon "Use of Arrests and Convictions in the Employment Process." One hot topic in 2014 will be the issue of employer...more

New Louisville “Ban the Box” Ordinance Covers City Contractors, Continues Growing Trend

Mayor Greg Fischer recently signed an ordinance that generally prohibits the Louisville Metro Government (hereinafter, “City”) and its vendors from inquiring into an applicant’s criminal history on the initial job...more

San Francisco Releases "Ban the Box" Notice for Posting and Distribution

San Francisco's new Fair Chance Ordinance ("FCO") "bans the box" and otherwise restricts private employers and City contractors from inquiring into or considering certain criminal offenses when making hiring and personnel...more

New Jersey’s Version Of “Ban The Box” Bill Reintroduced To Senate

“The Opportunity to Complete Act” (last mentioned in the February 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority) was reintroduced to the state Senate on February 28, 2014. The bill still prohibits the use of criminal background...more

Act Now Advisory: San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance - New Workplace Law Regulates Criminal Background Inquiries

This last month, San Francisco joined several cities and states by adopting "ban the box" legislation called the Fair Chance Ordinance ("Ordinance"), which limits the timing and scope of inquiries into an applicant's or...more

The Best Defense Is A Good Offense: Employers’ Use of The FOIA For Background Checks

In representing primarily public sector bodies over most of my career, I have generally been in a position of advising clients in how to comply with Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests, and thus usually assist those...more

EEOC and FTC Issue Joint Publications on Background Checks

On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly released two pamphlets on the use of background checks in the workplace: (a) one directed at employers...more

Recent Background Check Lawsuit is Reminder of the Importance of Strictly Following the Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure...

Many institutions of higher education, like employers in many industries, use background checks as an integral part of their hiring process. A recently filed class action lawsuit serves as a reminder to institutions of the...more

Not-So-Unlikely Bedfellows? The FTC and the EEOC Join Forces to Issue Guidance on Employment Background Checks

For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have worked together to publish two guidance documents about employment background checks. One document,...more

San Francisco Limits Inquiry into Criminal History of Applicants and Employees

In February, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance, which limits when and to what extent employers can inquire into the criminal history of applicants and employees. The ordinance also...more

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

Labor and Employment: Recent Lawsuit Highlights the Importance of Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) expressly requires employers to provide applicants with a stand-alone disclosure and authorization form prior to obtaining a background check. This form must be separate from the...more

Did You Know...New Informal Guidance From EEOC & FTC Re Background Checks

As we recently reported at our annual employment law update, additional restrictions are being placed on the use of background checks in light of the potential for disparate impact and invasion of the right to privacy....more

New San Francisco Law Restricts Employers’ Use of Criminal Background Checks

San Francisco’s recently enacted Fair Chance Ordinance (a.k.a., the “Ban-the-Box Ordinance”) limits the use of criminal history information in pre-employment screening by San Francisco employers, contractors, and affordable...more

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