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Criminal Background Checks

New California Regulations Further Limit Employers' Ability to Use Criminal History in Making Employment Decisions

by Nossaman LLP on

Effective July 1, 2017, new regulations from the California Fair Employment and Housing Council will further limit an employer’s ability to consider the criminal history of a job applicant or employee when making employment...more

California Legislative Update: Several Labor and Employment Bills Passed in the Assembly

Several California labor and employment law bills passed in the state assembly or senate before the June 2, 2017, legislative deadline. The legislature now has until September 15, 2017, to pass these bills in the second...more

Golden State Worriers: California Labor & Employment Bills to Watch

by Littler on

When it comes to legislation, for California employers it's the final countdown. June 2 was the last day for bills to pass out of their house of origin. September 15 is the deadline for these bills to pass both legislative...more

California Employers Will Soon See New Workplace Regulations Take Effect - Rules On Transgender Discrimination And Criminal...

by Fisher Phillips on

In recent months, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) has finalized two new sets of regulations that will both go into effect on July 1, 2017. California employers should pay close attention to these new...more

Los Angeles Ensures Employees Know Their Rights. Employers, Take Notice.

by Lewitt Hackman on

If Los Angeles was a person rather than a city, you could practically hear her telling employers, “It’s ON.” The warning comes by way of a massive ad campaign to remind members of the working public they have certain...more

Wisconsin Supreme Court Characterizes Release of Incorrect Criminal History by State Department of Justice as Defamatory, Despite...

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

The Wisconsin Supreme Court recently ruled that the state Department of Justice (DOJ)’s release of misleading criminal history files violated an individual’s protected interest in their name and reputation, in a ruling that...more

CLIENT ALERT: 2017 Criminal Background Laws

More and more employers in California are becoming subject to legal restrictions on the use of criminal history information when making employment decisions. The City of San Francisco passed the Fair Chance Ordinance, which...more

The Second Circuit Gives Ex-Cons’ Wrongful Termination Suit A Second Chance

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

On May 31, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit gave two Ex-Cons a second chance at pursuing their wrongful termination suit against their employer’s client, after New York’s highest court weighed...more

FEHA Regulations Amended Regarding Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

by Allen Matkins on

Effective July 1, 2017, the regulations under the Fair Employment and Housing Act will identify new circumstances in which employers may face liability for considering criminal history in making employment decisions such as...more

Best practices for Oklahoma employers when inquiring about criminal histories

by McAfee & Taft on

You’ve probably at least heard of the so-called “Ban the Box” movement, a campaign aimed at convincing employers to remove any checkbox on applications designed to elicit information regarding an applicant’s criminal record....more

Employment Law Authority - May/June 2017

THE EVOLVING DEFINITION OF SEX(UAL ORIENTATION) UNDER TITLE VII - On April 4, 2017, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued its highly anticipated decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, making...more

Friday News Flash

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. The ongoing saga of the President’s executive order to implement a travel ban...more

Third Party Contractor Liability Under The New York State Human Rights Laws

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 31, 2017, the Second Circuit seemingly broadened the scope of liability under a New York state anti-discrimination law by holding that non-employer third parties can be held liable for violating rules regarding the use...more

Assembly Bill 1008 Is The Icing On The Cake For Proponents Seeking To Prevent Employers From Considering Criminal Convictions In...

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Assembly Bill 1008 is making its way through the California legislature, after being passed in its amended form by the Committee on Appropriations on May 26, 2017. The Bill would repeal Labor Code section 432.9 and make it...more

New York Court of Appeals Holds that Out-of-State Entities Can be Liable for Aiding and Abetting Discrimination Under the New York...

Out-of-state entities with the power to dictate a New York employer’s hiring and retention policies take notice: you can be subject to liability under the New York Human Rights Law (“NYHRL”) if you “aid and abet”...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. - New York City joins Philadelphia and Massachusetts in enacting a measure to...more

Filtering rules for criminal record checks: Two convictions do not always make a pattern of offending

by Dentons on

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 provides that criminal convictions, cautions, warnings and reprimands in respect of certain offences are deemed to be “spent” after specified periods of time. Spent cautions and...more

The State of Indiana Bans Political Subdivisions From Enacting “Ban the Box” Restrictions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Indiana Senate Bill 312 (the “Bill”) provides, among other things, that a political subdivision of the state, including a municipality, may not prohibit an employer from obtaining or using criminal history...more

New York Court of Appeals Clarifies Application of New York’s Criminal History Discrimination and “Aiding and Abetting” Provisions

In Griffin v. Sirva, Inc., the New York Court of Appeals held that while only “employers” may be liable for criminal conviction history discrimination under Section 296(15) of the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”), a...more

Update: City of Los Angeles “Ban the Box” Ordinance Guidance and Forms Published

In January, we issued an advisory about the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, referred to as a “Ban-the-Box” initiative, which took effect on January 22, 2017, restricting inquiries into criminal...more

"Who Can It Be Now?" New York Court Explains Who May Be Liable For Discrimination Based On A Criminal Conviction

by Littler on

On May 4, 2017, the New York Court of Appeals answered who may be liable under the state’s fair employment law for discrimination based on an individual’s conviction record. The opinion in Griffin v. Sirva, Inc. is...more

Indiana Legislature Bans “Ban the Box” Ordinances

Some cities and counties across the country have enacted local ordinances restricting the ability of employers to inquire into the criminal histories of applicants during various stages of the job application process. (These...more

California Employers Should Reevaluate Their Criminal Background Check Policies Before July 1, 2017

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) finalized new regulations limiting the ability of employers to consider criminal history when making employment decisions. The regulations become effective on July 1,...more

WPI State of the States — Legislative Proposals Are Taking Root

by Littler on

As April showers turn into May flowers, measures proposed earlier this year in the state legislatures begin to take root. Significantly fewer generally applicable labor and employment bills were introduced in April, around 60...more

Is It Time To Recall Some Of Your HR Policies?

by Fisher Phillips on

Factory recalls have become a fact of life for those who sell and drive vehicles. The scenarios have a common theme: a vehicle part does not operate as designed or is determined to present a possible risk of failure. Once...more

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