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Employment Flash Alert: Los Angeles 'Ban the Box' Ordinance

The city of Los Angeles recently passed an ordinance called the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box), which will impact employers located or doing business in Los Angeles who employ more than 10...more

"A to Z" of What California Employers Need to Know for 2017

With the new year come new laws that affect California employers. The following is the “A to Z” of changes in the law that may affect your business in 2017. All-Gender/Single-User Restrooms - Beginning March 1,...more

N.Y. Appellate Court Scopes Out Liability: Using Criminal Convictions in Employment

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Court of Appeals’ ruling on questions regarding the use of criminal convictions in hiring will impact employers and may impact the background screening industry, the temporary staffing...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - January 2017

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details notable labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The January edition of the Insider Report reviews what...more

Charting the Future: What’s Coming in 2017 in California Employment Law?

Seyfarth Synopsis: 2016 brought a wave of new protections for California employees and scant protection for employers. In this week’s post, we anticipate changes for 2017, in the ever-peculiar world of California employment...more

The Changing Landscape of Housing Admissions for Landlords: Life in the Wake of the April 4, 2016 OGC Guidance

The message from HUD is certainly confusing: don't discriminate, but use your discretion. It is enough to strike fear into the heart (and liability insurer) of even a seasoned property owner and manager. The common advice to...more

Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative Restricts Criminal History Inquiries By Employers Effective January 22, 2017

On December 9, 2016, the City of Los Angeles enacted the Fair Chance Initiative Ordinance, a "ban the box" law that significantly restricts employers when conducting a criminal background check or taking adverse employment...more

Criminal record check for Tier 2 UK migrants

From 6 April 2017 those applying to come to the UK to undertake certain jobs, along with their adult dependants, will be subject to the requirement under the Immigration Rules to produce a criminal record certificate. The...more

Connecticut ‘Ban the Box’ Law Effective January 1

Connecticut is the most recent state in the nation to implement statewide legislation prohibiting employers from making inquiries into an applicant’s criminal history at the onset of the employment process, except under...more

California and Criminal Convictions: Employers May Want to Reexamine Their Background Check Policies in Light of Proposed...

In early 2016, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) proposed regulations that are intended to define and clarify how using a person’s criminal history may violate the Fair Employment and Housing Act...more

New Year's Resolution for California Employers: Know New Laws Affecting Your Business in 2017

The California legislature enacted many new laws in 2016 affecting California employers, many of which are summarized below. All employers with operations in California should be aware of these new laws and consult with...more

Los Angeles Joins Ban the Box Movement

Los Angeles has become the latest city to ban private employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before offering a job. With its , the city joins San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and about two dozen...more

New Los Angeles ‘Ban the Box’ Ordinance

Action Item: Los Angeles employers should review their hiring process, including job applications, to ensure compliance with a new law that limits inquiries of an applicant’s criminal history starting January 1, 2017, or risk...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2017

Continuing a trend from recent years, the California Legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, numerous labor and employment bills in 2016. Each becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2017, unless otherwise...more

Ban the Box: Breaking Down the “Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring” Ordinance

Mayor Eric Garcetti recently signed into law legislation seeking to protect employment applicants from discrimination based on their criminal convictions. Here is what you need to know about the new law going into effect on...more

Texas Likely To Take Aim at Municipal and County Ban the Box Laws

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Legislature of the State of Texas has introduced a new bill designed to create uniformity within its borders by prohibiting municipalities and counties from micro-managing the particular steps involved...more

California Employers: Time to Gear Up for 2017

Now is the time of year for California employers to review the numerous employment laws that will be going into effect in 2017 to ensure that their policies and practices are in compliance and properly address new...more

Employment Law 2016 - Year In Review

As calendar year 2016 draws to a close, we are once again reminded that employment laws are constantly changing—except, of course, for the one change employers were expecting most, which is where our 2016 employment law...more

City of Los Angeles Absolutely, Positively Bans the Box, Even for Non-Resident Employers

Not to be outdone by San Francisco or New York City, the City of Los Angeles has enacted the strictest “ban the box” ordinance in the country, and its many requirements are detailed and onerous. The Los Angeles Fair Chance...more

Los Angeles Passes Rigid “Ban the Box” Law

On December 9, 2016, the City of Los Angeles enacted the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (LAFCIH), a “ban the box” law that is expected to go into effect on January 22, 2017, with monetary fines effective July...more

Will Ban the Box Measures Spread at the Local Level — Employment Trend 2017?

Los Angeles is the latest major city to pass a Ban the Box measure (Ordinance 184652) applicable to private employers. It will become effective January 22, 2017 and will be enforced beginning in July 2017. ...more

City of Los Angeles Adopts Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance

The ordinance, which aims to eliminate a barrier to employment for persons who have been convicted of crimes, becomes effective January 22, 2017....more

New Law Bans the Box in Los Angeles

Effective January 22, 2017, the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring will prohibit most employers in the City of Los Angeles from inquiring about a job applicant’s possible criminal history until an initial job offer...more

California Employer Compliance 2017

There have been significant changes to state and federal laws in 2016 affecting employers of all sizes and in many industries. We'd like to help our clients stay apprised of some of the more critical changes by reminding all...more

Los Angeles Enacts “Fair Chance” Ordinance Prohibiting Criminal History Inquiries Prior To Conditional Offers Of Employment

Following the Los Angeles minimum wage ordinance that was enacted earlier this year, the City of Los Angeles has now enacted another ordinance that will significantly impact employers doing business within city limits. On...more

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