Background Checks

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Ask the TPA about their administrators’ training

If I want to get a new doctor or an attorney, I certainly want to know their background. Same with a financial advisor, I don’t want the next Bernie Madoff. When you hire a professional, you want to know their credentials....more

Hiring and Firing in Los Angeles: Fair Chance Initiative Update

We told you about Los Angeles’ Ban the Box ordinance in early December. Also known as the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO), the new regulation seeks to reduce recidivism by limiting inquiries regarding...more

Compliance News Flash

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. Expect activity at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in...more

Courts to Employers: Get Your Background Searches in Order

Over the last few years, employers are facing a new type of class action claim – improper disclosure and authorization for background searches during the hiring process. Some courts have found violations are "willful,"...more

Nothing Crafty About Michaels’ Disclosure Under Spokeo

A New Jersey District Court followed Spokeo’s Article III standing analysis and dismissed claims by three putative class representatives against Michaels Stores. Plaintiffs claimed that Michaels’ online employment application...more

D.C. Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act Sent To Mayor For Approval

On December 20, 2016, the District of Columbia Council passed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016 (B21-0244) (the “Act”) which, if enacted, would amend the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977 to prohibit employers...more

LA’s Ban the Box Ordinance: New Rules and Regulations

As we reported here in December, the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance is now effective. The new law, also referred to as the “Ban the Box “ ordinance, restricts employers in the City of Los...more

Ninth Circuit Rules an Employer Willfully Violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by Including Liability Waiver With the Disclosure...

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit ruled that an employer willfully violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) by including a liability waiver in a disclosure and authorization form that it provided to a job...more

Salary History — Time to Update Job Applications, Again

By now, employers should well know that they may not make unlawful inquiries of applicants based on protected classes (e.g., age, religion), as well as arrest history. In the past few years, we’ve seen an increase in...more

Friday Compliance News Flash

This is the first in a series of Friday news flashes – five short legal compliance matters you should know about that may help your organization. 1. Know Before Your Hire: 2017 Employment Screening Trends – Roy Maurer...more

Ninth Circuit: FCRA Background Check Disclosure Cannot Include Liability Waiver

In a case of first impression, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a background check disclosure that included a liability waiver violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The Ninth Circuit is the first...more

Sheppard Mullin Travel Advisory and Immigration Update

The last two weeks in Washington have been very eventful in the immigration field. In light of the travel restrictions recently imposed by the President’s executive order, we are now advising our U.S. clients who have...more

Background (Credit) Checks Under Attack

D.C. joins 11 other jurisdictions (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington) in banning employers’ use of employees’ or applicants’ credit...more

New Child Care Background Check Bill Leaves More Questions Than Answers

Seyfarth Synopsis: Background screening companies that provide background checks to online child care job posting services in California may face increased civil liability as they seek to comply with new Assembly Bill No....more

You May Have a Failure to Communicate — State Notice Requirements Are Plentiful

Your company probably makes written offers of employment. After all, it makes good sense — it confirms basics about the job, such as the position being offered and pay rate. For the applicant, it makes clear the terms of the...more

City of Los Angeles Limits Employer Inquiries Regarding Criminal History of Job Applicants

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has signed the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), limiting the practice of many employers to require prospective job applicants to provide criminal...more

UPDATE: The City of Los Angeles Adopts "Ban the Box," Prohibiting Criminal Conviction Inquiry Prior to Job Offer

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (the “Ordinance”) imposes a host of new unlawful hiring practices upon private employers regarding inquiries into criminal convictions. Chief among them, an...more

Ninth Circuit Breaks New Ground, Addresses Standing and Extraneous Content in Background Check Disclosure Forms/Screens

On January 20, 2017, the Ninth Circuit became the first court of appeals to weigh in on several important legal issues for expensive, increasingly common background check class actions—specifically (a) the extraneous content...more

“Ban the Box” Has Arrived in the City of Los Angeles—Are You in Compliance?

Is your organization located in or doing business in the City of Los Angeles? Does your organization have 10 or more employees who spend time working there? If yes to both, it is time to take a look at your employment...more

Ninth Circuit is the First Appellate Court to Rule on “Extraneous Text” in a FCRA Background Check Disclosure

On January 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the first appellate court to rule on the lawfulness of a liability waiver in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosure. In Syed v. M-I, the...more

Comprehensive Massachusetts Employment Law Guide

Drafting Employment Applications in Massachusetts - Massachusetts Job Application Requirements - Several Massachusetts laws govern the information that employers must include in their written job applications....more

Fenwick Employment Brief

California Legislative Update - In the latter half of 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed numerous bills into law. Below is a summary of those laws that will affect California employers in 2017 and...more

Another Reason to Tread Carefully When Using Criminal Background Checks in Hiring Decisions

A recent consent decree between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a southeastern Pennsylvania company is a reminder for employers to keep employment records regarding the use of criminal background...more

Employment Flash Alert: Los Angeles 'Ban the Box' Ordinance

The city of Los Angeles recently passed an ordinance called the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box), which will impact employers located or doing business in Los Angeles who employ more than 10...more

How to Get an A+ On Your Next Hire

When it comes to filling vacant positions at your school, you not only need to find the best talent available, but you also need to locate faculty and administrators who will thrive in your unique community. In many cases,...more

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