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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

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

Illinois “Bans the Box” with New Legislation

On Saturday, July 19, 2014, Governor Quinn signed the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act (the “Act”), which limits private sector employers with 15 or more employees from inquiring into the criminal history of job...more

Effective July 1, 2014: New Tennessee Laws

New Tennessee laws took effect on July 1, 2014, including changes to the workers' compensation system, caps on damages in suits under the State's statutory employment discrimination laws, and protections for employers hiring...more

U.S. Census Bureau Down for the Count after Certification Ruling in Criminal Background Check Case

Last Tuesday, a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted partial class certification in a case where plaintiffs allege that the United States Census Bureau used arrest...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Employment Discrimination Decisions - Number 49: EEOC Takes On Background Checks

Throughout this series, we have touched on facially neutral policies which, although not motivated by unlawful discrimination, have a discriminatory effect on certain protected classes. For over 40 years, the courts have...more

New Jersey Senate Bill Aimed at Protecting Job Applicants With Criminal History

Earlier this month, the New Jersey State Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced a bill seeking to bar employers from inquiring about the criminal history of job applicants during initial interviews and on job...more

EEOC Background Check Guidance Under Fire - House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Hears Testimony on Controversial Rules

On June 10, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections heard testimony regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) controversial background check guidance. Comments focused on the difficulties faced by...more

General Assembly Approves New Laws for Illinois Employers

As the legislative session drew to a close at the end of May, the Illinois General Assembly approved several new laws that will affect Illinois employers beginning January 1, 2015. The laws are now awaiting approval by...more

The City of Rochester Adopts a “Ban the Box” Ordinance

The City of Rochester recently unanimously enacted a “Ban the Box” ordinance, which prohibits employers from asking applicants about criminal convictions at any time before the employer has conducted an initial employment...more

Rogue CFO III – Background Checks

Perform Background Checks. It seems obvious. Why would a company not want as much information about a candidate for its CFO position that it can legally obtain? But this oversight is common. Too many smaller companies hire...more

The Risks of Pre-employment Social Media Screening

An increasing number of states have recently passed laws that prohibit employers from obtaining passwords to a job applicant’s social media accounts. Such legislation highlights companies’ interest in finding out as much as...more

Employment Background Checks: Tips Employers Should Know to Comply With Federal Laws

Many employers rely on background checks to screen job applicants and employees when making important personnel decisions, including hiring, retention, and promotion. In March, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Social Media - The Double-Edged Sword For Screening Job Applicants

It’s become second-nature to “Google” people to whom you’ve been introduced or are planning to meet. For many employers, it’s just as easy to engage in the same process with those applying for employment. When an...more

New Delaware Law “Encourages” State Vendors to “Ban the Box”

Delaware’s Governor recently signed a “ban the box” law to prohibit public employers from inquiring into or considering the credit or criminal history of a job candidate during the initial application process (up to and...more

Know the law: Background checks continue to trip up employers

Background checks can be useful tools to uncover misconduct or dishonest behavior at previous jobs or outside of work, and to determine whether an applicant possesses the positive traits desired in an employee. They...more

The EEOC Loses Background Check Battle In The 6th Circuit

The Sixth Circuit issued a much anticipated ruling on April 9, 2014 related to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC’s”) systemic targeting of employer background check policies. ...more

A Check on the EEOC Attack on the Credit Check

We have written a few times about the EEOC’s closer inspection of background checks and the use of criminal records in employment decisions because of their potential adverse impact on classes of applicants. The EEOC has also...more

Employment Law Reporter – April 2014

In This Issue: Pre-Hire Peril: Avoid Self-Sabotage Through Background Checks: In a joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, these federal agencies have...more

EEOC and FTC Issue Guidance on Employment Background Checks

On March 10, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) released joint guidance documents that explain respective duties and rights for employers and employees in regard to...more

Tales From The Crypt: Rule No. 8 – Even Sailors Behaving Badly Can Get Promoted

It is no secret that “sailor’s mouth” is an acronym for someone who liberally uses foul language in even the most formal situations. There was a time in my life when I was known for dropping the “f-bomb” a bit too frequently,...more

San Francisco Limits Inquiry into Criminal History of Applicants and Employees

In February, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance, which limits when and to what extent employers can inquire into the criminal history of applicants and employees. The ordinance also...more

EEOC and FTC Offer Joint Tips on Use of Employment Background Checks

User-Friendly Documents for Employers, Job Applicants, and Employees Explain Laws Governing the Acquisition and Use of Personal Background Information - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

San Francisco Bans the Box for Private Sector Employers

San Francisco is the most recent U.S. jurisdiction to adopt a “ban the box” ordinance restricting private sector employers’ rights to seek information about an applicant’s criminal history. The San Francisco Fair Chance...more

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