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Inside or Outside? How to Best Perform Your Company’s Social Media Background Check

No employer wants its employee’s bad behavior at work to become the next viral video. So it is not surprising that more employers have started using social media in the hiring process to screen out candidates who post...more

Labor & Employment E - Note - September 2014

In This Issue: - More Workers Are Claiming 'Wage Theft' - Big Companies, States Urge High Court to Rule on Gay Marriage - Firms Continue to Increase Background Checks on Job Candidates - Obama...more

Private Sector Employers in the District of Columbia Will Soon Be Required to Comply with a New Law Restricting Their Ability to...

On August 22, 2014, the District of Columbia Mayor signed a new law restricting most employers that operate in the District of Columbia in their ability to rely on criminal history information, including criminal background...more

Opportunity to Compete Act “Bans the Box” in New Jersey

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law the “Opportunity to Compete Act.” Commonly referred to as a “Ban the Box” law, it will prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal...more

New Jersey’s “Ban the Box” Legislation Signed Into Law

Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Opportunity to Compete Act (Bill S2124) into law, thereby barring New Jersey employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal histories during the preliminary...more

Update: New Jersey Limits Use of Criminal History in Hiring Decisions

As we reported in December 2013, New Jersey was on the road to joining 6 other states which have recently passed legislation banning or limiting the use of criminal background checks in the hiring process. ...more

EEOC amps up attack on background checks

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...more

Check This [Box] Out: Ban the Box Legislation Continues to Gain Momentum

An increasing number of cities, counties and states have passed laws restricting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal background, giving momentum to the “ban the box” movement. The term “ban the box”...more

Latest Criminal Background Check Developments Affect San Francisco, Illinois, and Alabama Employers

Starting on August 13, 2014, employers and contractors in San Francisco may no longer ask applicants about their criminal history until after the first live interview or following a conditional offer of employment. Even when...more

Retailers Facing New Class Action Attack for Routine (but Unlawful) Background Check Practices

Retail employers are under attack by a wave of recent class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), as well as related state counterpart laws – such as the California Consumer Credit...more

Background Check Questions: Illinois Joins Ban-the-Box States; New Jersey May Be Next

Criminal background questions on employment applications will no longer be permitted in Illinois, effective January 1, 2015. On July 19, Governor Quinn signed the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, making...more

"Ban the Box" in San Francisco: Posting, Reporting and Inquiry Rules for Applicants' and Employees' Criminal Histories Take Effect...

Many employers ask job applicants to check a "box" on a job application to disclose criminal history information. As of August 13, 2014, San Francisco will "ban the box" for private and public employers. The City's Board of...more

Employers Should Assess Background Checking Procedures to Avoid Running Afoul of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

There has been a recent uptick in class action litigation initiated by job applicants claiming that employers violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (the FCRA) in the manner they procured and used consumer reports about the...more

Act Now Advisory: Illinois Restricts Employer Inquiries on Criminal Convictions and Adds Pregnancy Protections

A new law that takes effect on January 1, 2015—known as the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act ("Act")—prohibits an Illinois employer with 15 or more employees from inquiring about or considering an applicant's...more

Illinois to Limit How Employers Can Use Criminal Checks in Hiring

A new Illinois law that takes effect next year will affect how employers in the state handle job candidates’ criminal records in the hiring process. The law prohibits employers from inquiring about a job candidate’s criminal...more

New Baltimore City Law Limits Employee Criminal Record Checks: How Health Care Employers Are Affected

Effective August 13, 2014, certain Baltimore City employers will be restricted from asking applicants and employees about their criminal history. However, many health care employers will be exempt from this new law either...more

The Swelling Tide of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Class Actions: Practical Risk-Mitigating Measures for Employers

In This Issue: - Summary Of FCRA Obligations On Employers That Use Consumer Reports - Potential Liability For FCRA Non-Compliance - The Swelling Tide Of Class Action Filings - Mitigating Measures -...more

Background Checks: Back to Basics

Recently two federal agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), issued joint guidance on job applicant and employee background checks and "What Employers Need to Know."...more

Many Private Sector Employers Limited Regarding Criminal History Inquiries - Illinois Is Now Among the Growing Number of States...

Illinois joins the growing number of states and localities across the country that have "ban-the-box" laws. Statutes that limit inquiry about criminal history during the application and hiring process are known informally as...more

Employee Background Checks

In follow-up to our prior post regarding certain additional liability protections afforded to employers who conduct background checks, in this post we explore additional considerations employers should keep in mind when...more

Bringing It All Home, the Two Tough Cookies Wrap It Up For You, Part II

This one is tough, especially in global organizations. In many countries, you simply cannot run a background check, as criminal records are not public. In others, you can run them, but the criminal offense must be related to...more

EEOC Sues Erie Strayer Company for Disability Discrimination

Erie Equipment Supplier Made Unlawful Medical Inquiries and Engaged in Retaliation, Federal Agency Charges - PITTSBURGH - The Erie Strayer Company, an Erie-Pa.-based construction equipment supplier, violated federal...more

Illinois’s New “Ban the Box” Law Prohibits Asking About Criminal Histories on Job Applications

On July 19, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, making Illinois the fifth state to bar private employers from asking job applicants about their criminal backgrounds...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Police Order To Stay Put While Conducting Background Check Is A Seizure Under Fourth Amendment

The Command Can Implicate Municipal Liability - Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently held that, when a police officer orders a suspect to “stay put,” that command constitutes a seizure under the Fourth Amendment of the...more

Illinois Enacts New Law Impacting Inquiries on Criminal Background Checks

On July 19, 2014, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, which will go into effect on January 1, 2015. The new law will restrict the timing of pre-employment...more

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