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Liability for Data Breach Involving Employee Information: Even the Federal Government and Third Party Vendors Are Not Immune

In what is quickly becoming the newest trending topic in class action litigation, another class action has been filed alleging the disclosure of employee personally identifiable information due to a cyber attack. This...more

Employer Risks in Using Employment-Related Criminal Background Checks

Use of employment-related background checks by employers to discover information about the work history, education, criminal record and financial history of job applicants has become ubiquitous. In one recent survey of...more

Georgia Enacts “Mini”-FCRA

For more than four decades, the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) has regulated consumer reporting agencies (“CRAs”) that furnish consumer reports (i.e., background checks) to third parties such as employers. Over...more

A “Hotbox” Of Legal Issues: California’s Workplace Marijuana Laws

With New York joining in last year, nearly half the country has laws permitting state residents to use marijuana for medical purposes, and a handful even permit recreational use. California led the movement when it passed the...more

New York City Bars Employers from Considering Criminal History before Extending a Job Offer

On June 29, 2015, Mayor de Blasio signed the Fair Chance Act, a new law that generally prohibits New York City employers from discriminating against job applicants with a criminal record and that prohibits inquiries about...more

Pennsylvania Approves Major Changes to Laws Protecting Minors

The Pennsylvania Legislature has passed – and Gov. Tom Wolf has signed – House Bill 1276 to amend the state’s Child Protective Services Law. The amended law contains a number of clarifying revisions to the mandated reporting...more

New Nevada Law Expands Employer Access to Conviction Records

While Nevada law does not limit how far back employers can directly ask applicants or employees about their conviction history, for years it has generally prohibited consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) from providing employers...more

Background Screening Companies May Now Report Convictions Older Than Seven Years in Nevada

Under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), background screening companies (or consumer reporting agencies) are generally prohibited from reporting certain types of derogatory information that the FCRA considers to be...more

New Law Provides Gaming Industry with Broader Background Investigation Powers

The Nevada Legislature has amended the state’s consumer reporting laws to remove restrictions on the information a credit reporting agency may report to gaming operators. With the passage of Senate Bill 409, a credit...more

Background Checks? That is the Question

Has your company decided yet whether it will conduct criminal background or credit checks? If you are already using that tool as part of your job screening process, are you keeping up with legal developments in every city,...more

Nevada Removes 7 Year Limitation on the Reporting of Convictions

Nevada has removed the 7-year restriction on background screening company’s ability to report criminal conviction information for employment screening purposes. Which means that convictions can be reported without regard to...more

Oregon to Become the Latest State to Ban the Box

On June 16, 2015, the Oregon House passed an amended version of House Bill 3025, which will prohibit most employers from asking questions about criminal history on job applications or at any other point in the hiring process...more

Five EEOC Initiatives to Monitor on the Agency’s Silver Anniversary

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) opened its doors on July 2, 1965, exactly one year after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII of that act (“Title VII”) prohibits...more

New York City Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation Affecting Private Employers

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the NYC Fair Chance Act (the Act) in a landslide vote. Sponsored by New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), the Act amends the New York City Human Rights...more

New York City – Ban the Box Plus Measure

New York City passed a local law to amend its administrative code to prohibit employment discrimination based on one’s arrest record or criminal conviction. Employers and background screeners take note. The legislation, the...more

NYC “Ban the Box” Bill Heads to Mayor’s Desk

On June 10th, by a 45-5 vote, the New York City Council passed a bill (Int. No. 318) to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to further restrict employers from inquiring into or otherwise considering an...more

New York City Moves to “Ban the Box” on Criminal Background Checks in Job Applications

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the Fair Chance Act (Intro No. 318-A, 2014) by a vote of 45-to-5. The legislation prevents employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal arrests and convictions...more

New York City Council Bans the Box

Following closely on the heels of a citywide bill restricting employer’s use of credit information for employment decisions, on June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed a new bill restricting an employer’s ability to...more

Important Changes Affecting Background Checks Under Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law

The Children and Youth Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to narrow the scope of a Pennsylvania law requiring background checks for volunteers who have “direct contact” with...more

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

Beginning July 1, 2015 volunteers are required to obtain background checks, including the Child Abuse History Clearance, issued by the Department of Human Services, and the Criminal History Record Check, issued by the...more

Trend Continues to “Ban the Box” for Employment Criminal Background Checks

As previously discussed in a September 5, 2014 Legal Alert, the movement to limit the extent to which employers may request and consider applicants’ and employees’ criminal histories continues to gain momentum. In the last...more

Legislative Update: Mandatory Double Damages for OT Violations Bill Passes; Other Bills Await Votes

We’re nearly at the end of the legislative session and the bills are coming fast and furious. Late Friday, the General Assembly passed a bill (Senate Bill 914) that mandates (rather than allows) double damages to be...more

Best Practices for Employer Background Checks

There are many clear benefits in performing background checks, such as screening out candidates who give incomplete or inaccurate information on their application, or are not suitable for the job due to relevant criminal...more

OIG Reviews HHA Background Check Policies

In response to a Congressional request, the OIG has reviewed the extent to which home health agencies (HHAs) have employed individuals with criminal convictions and whether state requirements should have disqualified such...more

FTC Comments and Background Screeners

I recognize this is a few days late, but the content is still timely. Last month I attended the NAPBS Mid-Year Conference in Washington, DC both as an attendee and speaker. One session of particular interest to me was...more

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