Background Checks

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Courts Split on Standing Issues in FCRA Suits After Spokeo

On October 5, 2016, two district courts came to opposite conclusions on whether putative class action plaintiffs had standing to bring claims based on prospective employers’ failure to comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

New Background Check Requirements for California Transportation Network Companies

Effective January 1, 2017, drivers participating with a Transportation Network Company (TNC) in California will be subject to mandatory criminal background checks, regardless of whether a driver is considered an employee or...more

Lyft Wins Background Check Class Action Claim

Apparently, even a “no decision” decision by the U.S. Supreme Court can still establish precedent. Relying on a Spring 2016 SCOTUS decision, a federal magistrate judge in California dismissed a proposed class action...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers in California: be aware and prepare for new laws increasing minimum wages and mandating overtime pay for agricultural employees; expanding the California Fair Pay Act to race and ethnicity and to...more

Employer Potentially Responsible for Employee’s Shooting Rampage

What Kind of Risk Might Employers Face Because of an Employee’s (Unexpected) Behavior? On September 15, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia allowed claims of negligent supervision and retention to...more

Use of Credit Information for Employment Screening

Background checks for employment screening purposes may contain different information. Most common would be the use of criminal history information, but there are times when an employer requests that their background...more

Update on the Employment Application Process and Background Checks

Now that Massachusetts has barred its employers’ from asking job applicants about salary information, and Connecticut has joined the “Ban the Box” trend (prohibiting employers from asking applicants about arrests and...more

NASCAR’s racing to defend race discrimination lawsuit—is your company ready?

Earlier this week, news broke that NASCAR is being sued for alleged racial discrimination. NASCAR insists the case has no merit, but only time will tell the outcome. When the rubber meets the road, will your business be ready...more

Uber Victory in Ninth Circuit Regarding Dispute Over Enforceability of Arbitration

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the “Ninth Circuit”) recently ruled that the majority of Uber’s contract drivers must resolve their disputes through individual arbitration and cannot pursue their...more

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum – Session One Recap

Pullman & Comley’s 2016-17 Superintendents’ Legal Issues Forum got off to a great start with a thought provoking presentation by Mark Sommaruga and Zach Schurin regarding a summary of 2016 Connecticut legislative enactments...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 62-67

This is part three of our ongoing series, California Ballot 2016, summarizing each of the 17 state-wide measures voters will encounter on the November ballot. Click these links: Props 51-56, or Props 57-61 to catch up on the...more

Privacy Implications of the Federal Aviation Administration’s New Drone Rule

A new era in the field of aviation began on August 29, 2016, when the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) long-awaited commercial drone rule went into effect. The new rule, formally known as Part 107, broadly authorizes...more

U.S. Business Visitors Using the Visa Waiver Program May Soon Be Asked for Social Media Information

The federal government has proposed a new rule requiring that applicants for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)—which allows citizens of certain countries to enter the United States without visas—be asked to voluntarily disclose...more

Will “ban the box” backfire?

Ever since the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions in 2012, many state and local jurisdictions have adopted...more

Employees Do the Strangest Things

The police in Taylor (a small town outside of Scranton) have charged a man with stealing $3,000 from his employer. That may not sound too crazy until you dig a little deeper. He stole $3,000 in PENNIES. Robert Napolitan was...more

California Legislative Update: It's Now Up To The Governor

The California Legislature completed its substantive legislative work for the year in the very early morning hours of Thursday, September 1, 2016, with the usual frenetic, last-minute flurry of bill-passing, including some...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

The California Legislature adjourned in the wee hours yesterday, Wednesday, August 31st, having reviewed over 100 bills in the single day, bringing the second half of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session to a close. Several...more

Emerging Labor & Employment Law Trends (Part 2)

With summer 2016 almost behind us, employers should begin to plan for the major labor and employment law trends expected to emerge in the last quarter of the year and into 2017. In the first part of this two-part series, we...more

Proposed Law Would Prohibit New York City Employers From Inquiring Into Applicants’ Wage History

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has introduced legislation before the City Council that would amend the New York City Human Rights Law to make it an unlawful employment practice for employers to request job...more

Serial FCRA Plaintiff Falls Short

After a battle of motions between the parties, on August 9th a Wisconsin federal judge dismissed a proposed class action for alleged violations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) against Cory Groshek. Why is this...more

What To Do About Employee Thieves—Catch Them If You Can!

Seyfarth Synopsis: When employee theft occurs, employers must be cautious in investigating, avoiding self-help, and in deciding if and how to terminate the offending employee. Companies work hard to hire trustworthy...more

2015-2016 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

After a mad scramble to take action before their midnight deadline, Massachusetts lawmakers closed the 20152016 legislative session by passing five of the “Big Six” bills on their agenda. Beacon Hill saw a flurry of activity...more

Massachusetts Adopts Background Check System For Rideshare Companies

On August 5, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill governing gig economy rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft – dubbed “transportation network companies” – which implements a novel new...more

Effective July 1, 2016, School Districts Subject to New Requirements for Employee Background Checks

Previously, Conn. Gen. Stat. § 10-222c merely required school districts to make a documented good faith effort to contact previous employers of applicants to obtain “information and recommendations which may be relevant to...more

California Federal Judge Certifies Class in S2Verify FCRA Class Action Using Spokeo Concreteness Test

Last week, the decision in the Spokeo case influenced a California court’s decision to certify a class in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case. The class of applicants who claim that S2Verify, a background check company,...more

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