Criminal Background Checks

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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

Federal Court Limits Employer's Right to Discover Information About the EEOC’s Own Hiring Policies and Expands the EEOC's Rights...

In recent years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has aggressively sought to enforce its April 2012 enforcement guidance concerning how, in the EEOC’s view, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 restricts an...more

New Jersey’s Ban the Box Law Goes Into Effect

On March 1, 2015, New Jersey’s Opportunity to Compete Act (also known as “Ban the Box”) went into effect. The Act applies to employers with 15 or more employees over 20 calendar weeks that do business, employ people, or take...more

Worth Another Look: Child Abuse Clearance Update

Are you compliant with the new Pennsylvania criminal background clearance requirements? As of December 31, 2014, employers must obtain certain background clearances—including a FBI fingerprint clearance—on all individuals...more

It May Not be a Matter of 'If,' but 'When' for Private Employers in the Commonwealth -- Virginia 'Bans the Box' for Many State...

On April 3, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued Executive Order #41, thereby adding Virginia to the growing list of jurisdictions (including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois,...more

Virginia Governor’s Order “Encourages” Private Employers to “Ban the Box”

Last week, Virginia Governor Terrence McAuliffe signed an executive order “banning the box” on most state employment applications and “encouraging” private employers and government contractors to do the same. “Ban the box”...more

Be Global - March 2015

Brazil: Limit on Employer Obligation to Deduct Union Dues - The Brazilian Supreme Court has recently enacted Binding Precedent no. 40, which states that union support contributions are only payable by those who are...more

Think Twice Before Disqualifying an Applicant Due to Criminal History

When hiring new employees, many factors are considered. This may include conducting a criminal background check. And, if a background check comes back showing a criminal history, employers may be tempted to simply throw that...more

New Illinois Laws in 2015: What Employers Should Know

Ban the Box - Joining the current “Ban the Box” trend, effective January 1, 2015, the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act prohibits Illinois employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record...more

It’s Time to Give Your Hiring Processes a Check-up. Are They Compliant?

As your prospective employees are brushing up on their interview skills, it’s also a good time to ensure your hiring practices and procedures are in order.  A regular review of employment application processes will keep them...more

President Obama Urged to “Ban the Box” for Federal Contractors

In a letter this past week, nearly 200 interest groups urged President Obama to issue an executive order “banning the box” for federal contractors and to implement other “fair chance” hiring reforms protecting ex-offenders....more

Crackdown on ‘Back-door’ Criminal Record Checks

Under section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), it is now a criminal offence for any person or organisation to require an individual to submit a ‘subject access request’ (i.e. the right for an individual to access any...more

Hawaii Supreme Court Says Employer Failed to Establish “Rational Relationship” Between Applicant’s Drug Conviction and Position...

Hawaii, like some other states, only permits employers to consider convictions that bear a “rational relationship to the duties and responsibilities of the position.” Recently, the Hawaii Supreme Court had occasion to decide...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 11

In This Issue: - Delaware Proposal Banning Fee-Shifting and Permitting Exclusive Forum Provisions - SEC Charges Insiders for Failure to Update Schedule 13D Disclosures - CBOE Proposes Amendments to...more

Enforced subject access requests now a criminal offence in the UK

In September 2014 we reported on the UK’s intention to stamp out a practice commonly known as “enforced subject access requests”. This concerned the previously dormant section 56 of the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’),...more

Fourth Circuit Rejects EEOC Expert Report Riddled With Errors

We’ve written before on the questionable statistics used by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in other cases, and a recent court of appeals case involving background checks suggests that the EEOC is...more

Fourth Circuit Dismisses EEOC’s Background Check Lawsuit Based on Its Reliance on “Laughable” And Unreliable Expert Report Filled...

Earlier this session, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) v. Freeman, No. 13-2365 (4th Cir. Feb. 20, 2015), the Fourth Circuit affirmed the award of summary judgment against the EEOC in its suit alleging that...more

Reminder: New Jersey “Ban the Box” is Now in Effect

On March 1, 2015, the Opportunity to Compete Act (the “Act”) went into effect in New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie signed the Act into law last year in an effort to preclude public and private employers with 15 or...more

UK: Enforced Subject Access Requests Now Unlawful

Employers in the UK who now carry out criminal record checks on job applicants, or existing employees, by forcing that person to make a request for information to the law enforcement authorities or the court and reveal the...more

NJ “Ban the Box” Law Takes Effect, “Draft Rule” Proposed

New Jersey’s so-called “ban the box” law took effect on March 1, preventing most employers in the State from asking about a prospective employee’s criminal history on the initial job application and until after the first...more

The New Jersey “Opportunity To Compete Act” Takes Effect On March 1, 2015 Restricting Employers From Inquiring Into Job...

On March 1, 2015, New Jersey’s “Opportunity to Compete Act” (“OTCA”) takes effect. As explained in the legislative findings section of the OTCA, it is the intent of the OTCA to remove obstacles impeding employment...more

Fourth Circuit Slaps EEOC for Use of Misleading, Incomplete and Error-Riddled Expert Testimony

Several years ago, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission set discriminatory use of criminal and financial background checks as a top enforcement priority. These cases are brought under the disparate impact theory,...more

Reminder for New Jersey Employers: Statewide 'Ban the Box' Law Takes Effect March 1

As previously reported, New Jersey’s version of the “ban the box” law, entitled “Opportunity to Compete Act” (the Act), goes into effect March 1, 2015. The Act limits covered employers’ ability to inquire into a job...more

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