Criminal Background Checks

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Advertising Requirements in PERM—A Survey of BALCA’s Application of 20 CFR § 656.17(f)(7)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) permanent labor certification (PERM) program requires employers to conduct specific recruiting activities to test the labor market before filing an application. The regulation at 20 CFR §...more

Addressing and Preventing Workplace Violence

The subject of workplace violence has unfortunately made headlines once again after a news anchor and cameraman were killed by a former co-worker in Virginia last week. Employers are understandably concerned and have...more

Online Gun Sales: E-Commerce Terms that Work, and Keep the Seller Safe

Firearms sales continue their upward trend, with National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) checks indicating that 2014 sales of firearms in the United States exceeded 2012 numbers, and fell just short of 2013’s...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Two months into the fiscal year and the government is still operating under a continuing resolution (CR). With the CR set to expire at 11:59 pm on Monday, August 31, House and Senate leadership agreed this week to extend the...more

Virginia Shooting Raises Questions About Background Checks

First, let me say that most shootings (including the recent incident in Virginia) are random acts of violence by crazy people. It is difficult, if not impossible, to predict when an employee will snap, or whether an...more

The On-Air Shootings At WDBJ-TV: When Bad Things Happen To Good Employees

What could WDBJ7-TV have done to prevent Wednesday morning’s tragic on-air murders? Unfortunately, probably not a thing. I’m a second-guesser, and I have spent much of the last 48 hours racking my brain about what the...more

Your Oregon Legislature in Action - Employers Face Statewide Sick Leave, “Ban the Box” and More

An onslaught of bills affecting employers were introduced during the 2015 legislative session. Much of the Legislature’s time was spent crafting a statewide sick leave bill with the result that many of the proposed bills...more

Employment Law Reporter – August 2015

THE INCREASING DANGER OF BACKGROUND CHECKS - New Laws and Emerging Privacy Rights Complicate an Already Difficult Process. The intersection of privacy laws and employment practices can be a dangerous one. Employers...more

What U.S. Multinational Employers Need to Know about Background Checks

Employers often run background checks on their applicants and employees in order to protect the workplace and to assemble a good and trustworthy workforce. For U.S.-based employers with operations overseas, the legal...more

(A Little) More to Digest on Criminal Background Checks

Last month, we discussed the importance of maintaining employment files, including records on the use of criminal background information in the employment process. We suggested steps to ensure that your use of such...more

Using Criminal Convictions in the Hire Process: A Hobson's Choice for Employers?

Is the government really telling employers that they are not allowed to disqualify an applicant because of past criminal activity? In a word, yes. That is increasingly becoming the case on the state level and has been the...more

Are You Keeping the Records Related to Your Company’s Selection Procedures? The EEOC is Watching...

Is your company aware that federal regulations require that employers retain certain personnel and employment records related to its selection procedures? A recent lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)...more

New Laws in Local Jurisdictions

A number of new laws went into effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia as of July 1, 2015. These include the following: In Virginia: Employers are no longer permitted to require workers or job...more

Megan’s Law: How California Limits its Use for Employment Purposes

Since New Jersey led the way in 1994, many states have enacted so-called Megan’s Laws, which establish public online registries of individuals who have been convicted of a sex-based offense. California’s version of Megan’s...more

New York City Employers Prohibited from Requesting Criminal History Information before Making a Conditional Offer

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the “Fair Chance Act” (Int. 318-A), known as “ban-the-box” legislation, prohibiting employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees on the basis of...more

Oregon’s New “Ban the Box” Law Prohibits Criminal History Questions on Employment Applications

It’s been an active legislative session in Oregon this year regarding laws affecting the state’s employers. Hot on the heels of enacting laws relating to paid sick leave, noncompete agreements, and employee privacy on social...more

“Ban the Box" Coming to the Big Apple...

On June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law that requires private employers to remove criminal-convictions questions from job applications and defer...more

Top 10 Bad Questions to Avoid When Interviewing a Job Applicant

When interviewing job applicants, there are good questions and bad questions. A good question seeks relevant and helpful information about the person applying for the job and about the applicant’s job qualifications...more

Big Data & Employer Recordkeeping Requirements

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a janitorial and facilities management company for its failure to keep adequate recruitment records. The EEOC alleges that the company used “criminal history...more

EEOC Uses its Record Keeping Requirements to Police Use of Criminal Background Checks

We don't think about personnel files – we just have them. Everything from employment applications to benefits enrollment forms to discipline and discharge documents goes into those files. But did you know that the EEOC...more

Quirky Question #264, Oregon Employers: Beware!

Question: I am an employer in Oregon, and I understand Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a whole slew of bills into law on Monday which will directly impact Oregon employers. What do I need to know?...more

New York City Enacts “Ban the Box” Legislation

As we previously reported, the New York City Council recently passed the Fair Chance Act (Intro No. 318-A, 2014) that—among other requirements—prevents employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal arrests and...more

New York City Limits Employers’ Ability to Perform Background Searches on Prospective Employees

Recently, New York City enacted its own version of “ban-the-box” legislation. The ordinance, titled the Fair Chance Act (“FCA”), was signed by Mayor de Blasio and restricts when employers may inquire into a job applicant’s...more

New York City “Bans the Box”

On June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law “Ban the Box” legislation, prohibiting employers from making any inquiry of, or statement to, an applicant for the purpose of eliciting information...more

That is SO last week - July 2015 #2

Last week, The New York Times’ The Upshot blog covered a topic that has been one of our top concerns for a while: how big data can discriminate. The post followed a Carnegie Mellon University study that reported, among many...more

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