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VA OIG reports patient data at risk with vendor

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector General recently issued a report, following a complaint that the VA Palo Alto Health Care System put veterans’ health information at risk when it allowed personnel of a...more

The City Commission Clarifies the “Fair Chance Act”

As previously reported, among the legislation passed this year under Mayor DeBlasio, New York City passed the “Fair Chance Act” (“FCA”), which severely restricts an employer’s ability to conduct criminal background checks on...more

Effect of Recent New York City Amendments May Limit Brokers and Advisers in Conducting Credit and Background Checks on Potential...

The New York City Council recently passed two amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law that are likely to substantially affect the manner in which firms in New York City may evaluate the qualifications and background...more

Employment Law - October 2015

FTC Offers Employers Lesson in FCRA Compliance—And Limited Exceptions - Why it matters: A California employer recently received a lesson in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance from the Federal Trade...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Double Whammy in Maine’s Paper Industry - This past week, two northern Maine paper mills...more

The Fair Chance Act And Stop Credit Discrimination In Employment Act--New Interpretations From The NYCCHR

Earlier this year, the New York City Council passed two laws which place limitations on an employer’s ability to use background checks including credit checks (otherwise known as consumer reports) in employment decisions: the...more

What Should Employers Expect During The New Supreme Court Term?

The first Monday in October is the traditional first day of a new U.S. Supreme Court term.  As always, the 2015-16 term will have several cases that are of particular interest to the nation’s employers.  Here is a review of...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Explains New NYC Background Check Laws

We were pleased to host a program on September 28, 2015 on New York City’s two new background check laws, the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act and the Fair Chance Act. Paul Keefe, Supervising Attorney at the NYC...more

The NY City Commission Speaks – Be Careful in Claiming an Exemption from the NY City “Credit Check Law”

With the New York City “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act” now in effect (as of September 3, 2015), the City Commission has just released guidelines for some ambiguous points in the law. We first wrote about the...more

FCRA Class Action Suits on the Rise

It is a common practice for employers to check criminal backgrounds or credit ratings of potential, and sometimes current, employees. Background checks that provide this type of information are helpful to employers when...more

EEOC Settles Background Check Litigation with BMW, But Also Faces Steep Attorneys’ Fees in Freeman Case

After several high-profile setbacks in disparate impact discrimination lawsuits challenging criminal record screening policies, the EEOC has entered into a settlement (consent decree) in one of its few remaining cases, a...more

Double-Bagged: Governor Signs Second Piece of Grocery Worker Retention Law

Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 897, a “clean up” bill he requested to address an omission in AB 359, which Governor Brown had signed into law on August 17, 2015. This legislation, effective January 1, 2016,...more

The Background Check Conundrum: “Manufacturing” a Problem (Pun Intended)

I am a longtime advocate of pre-employment criminal background checks. So I have watched with resigned acceptance as the EEOC, over 100 states and cities across the United States, and other public advocates have fought to...more

Two New NYC Statutes Constrain Hiring Process - Hedge Up - A Heads-Up on Employment Issues Confronting the Hedge Fund Industry

If you read one thing... - Two new employment statutes place additional burden on New York City firms during prospective employee screening and provide fodder for the plaintiffs’ bar - Credit history and...more

Employment Alert (US): Employers Beware: New York City’s New “Ban-the-Box” Law Takes Effect This October

An increasing number of jurisdictions across the country have adopted legislation in recent years restricting a prospective employer’s ability to run a criminal background check. Colloquially known as “ban the box,” the...more

That is SO last week - September 2015 #2

Last week, Ellen Pao withdrew the appeal in her sex discrimination lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins. The Pao v. Kleiner Perkins trial captivated Silicon Valley as it sought to spotlight all-male company ski trips and double...more

New York City Council Limits Employers’ Ability to Make Employment Decisions Based on Criminal Backgrounds

We reported in a previous alert that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had signed a bill into law limiting employers’ use of credit checks for employment purposes. Further restricting the scope of employee background checks,...more

The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2015

A federal appellate court recently reinstated a lawsuit brought by a dining services employee who claimed that she was sexually harassed by a male coworker. According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a reasonable jury...more

New York City Offers Guidance for Employers on the Use of Credit History in Employment Decisions

As we blogged about previously, Mayor Bill De Blasio signed into law the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (“SCDEA”) in May. The SCDEA went into effect on September 3, 2015 and it prohibits employers from using an...more

EEOC Settles Background Check Suit with BMW, Leaves Employers Still Without Guidance

Earlier this week, it was announced that BMW Manufacturing Co. and the EEOC had entered into a Consent Decree, resolving one of three high profile suits over a company's use of background checks in the hire process that had...more

FTC provides guidance on FCRA requirements for employer background checks

When examining banks and companies subject to CFPB supervisory authority for FCRA compliance, CFPB examiners will look at whether the bank or company has followed FCRA requirements for use of background checks on employees...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Releases Interpretive Enforcement Guide for the SCDEA

The Commission’s guide outlines narrow interpretation and recordkeeping requirements for employers seeking exemptions to the SCDEA, as well as guidance on enforcement and penalties for SCDEA violations....more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Issues Enforcement Guidance for Newly Effective Credit Check Law

On September 3, 2015, the amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) prohibiting the use of credit checks in employment (“Credit Check Law”) became effective. On the same day, the New York City Commission on...more

EEOC Loses One, Wins One

The EEOC had a roller coaster week with respect to its aggressive challenges to employers’ background check practices. On September 3, a federal district court in Maryland slapped the EEOC with an attorney’s fees...more

Holy Legal Fees, Batman!

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been ordered to pay $938,771 in attorneys’ fees to Freeman after getting its clock cleaned in that lawsuit it filed over background checks and disparate impact based on race and...more

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