Criminal Background Checks

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FTC issues new FCRA guidance for employment background screening companies

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued new guidance for employment background screening companies containing information on how to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). One of the key elements of this new...more

Vermont Passes “Ban the Box” Legislation

On May 3, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law a “ban the box” statute, which will take effect on July 1, 2017. The law will prohibit covered employers from inquiring about information pertaining to an...more

FEHC Proposed Criminal History Regulations Put Employers in Hot Seat

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Fair Employment and Housing Council is vetting proposed regulations to prevent employers from discriminating against applicants or employees with criminal histories. Our colleague Kate Svinarich...more

Lyft, Uber Withdraw From Austin After Defeat at the Ballot Box

Lyft and Uber announced that they were shutting down operations in Austin following a disappointing defeat in a special election held Saturday, May 7, 2016. The election was held to vote on the TNC-sponsored Proposition 1,...more

Vermont Joins the Ranks of Cities and States that "Ban the Box"

On May 3, 2016, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill into law that prohibits most employers from requesting criminal history information on an employment application. The law adds a new section to the state statutory...more

Pennsylvania Transit sued for Fair Credit Reporting Act violation

Last week, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) was hit with a class action alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for not sufficiently notifying job applicants of its use of...more

Modified “Ban the Box” Bill Approved in Connecticut

Remember “Ban the Box” and the fair chance employment bill from earlier in the session? Well, it passed last night. Sort of. An amendment to the original bill essentially wiped the prior version clean. Thus,...more

“Ban the Box” Gains Momentum, At Least with Public Employers – Tennessee Becomes Latest State to Bar State Agencies from Asking...

Tennessee has become one of the latest states to “ban the box,” joining a growing list of jurisdictions barring employers from asking about job applicants’ criminal histories. As of April 18, 2016, a total of 23 states and...more

Housing and Criminal Background Checks

HUD has issued guidance indicating it will review of the use of criminal background checks in determining qualifications for residents in housing. HUD is following the lead of the EEOC concerning criminal convictions and...more

Retailer - Spring 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - Hiring 101 for Retail Employers - Hiring good employees is a challenge, especially in the retail industry. But by following a few tips, you can make better decisions and reduce your risk of...more

Attention Philadelphia Employers: New and Important Changes to the "Ban The Box" Law

Philadelphia’s 2011 “Ban the Box” law, which restricts an employer’s ability to inquire into a job applicant’s criminal history at the initial stages of the application process, is “old news” – but the recent changes that...more

A Closer Look at Austin’s “Ban the Box” Ordinance

On March 24, 2016, the Austin City Council passed a “ban-the-box” ordinance, the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance, which took effect on April 4, 2016. The final version of the ordinance was released on April 12, 2016. It...more

The California Edition of the Employment & Labor Newsletter

Take a Seat! California Supreme Court Provides Clarity on California’s Suitable Seating Laws - A recent ruling by the California Supreme Court on suitable workplace seating arrangements will affect a vast number of...more

HUD Issues Guidance Regarding the Application of Fair Housing Act Standards to the Use of Criminal Records

On April 4, HUD issued guidance deploying a disparate impact analysis with respect to the Fair Housing Act’s application to the use of criminal history by those who come under the Fair Housing Act, and in particular by...more

White House Fair Chance Business Pledge

Nineteen companies joined President Obama as founding companies of the White House’s Fair Chance Business Pledge.  According to the White House Fact Sheet, “The pledge represents a call-to-action for all members of the...more

HUD Releases Guidance on Criminal Background Checks by Housing Providers

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on April 4, 2016, issued guidance addressing Fair Housing Act liability regarding the use of criminal background checks or screenings in housing determinations....more

Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration Announces Crackdown on Employee Background Checks

Florida’s Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America just advised that Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration released an e-blast today warning that it will begin to carefully scrutinize employee rosters at...more

Austin, Texas Passes Ban the Box Ordinance

The city of Austin in Texas is the latest major city to pass a Ban the Box ordinance which affects private employers.  Ordinance No. 20160324-019 was approved on March 24, 2016 by a vote of 8 – 2. ...more

The Difficult Dilemma Facing Employers When It Comes to Threats of Workplace Violence

Unfortunately, headlines of tragic acts of violence in the workplace continue – and it is a trend that is not abating. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that approximately 2 million workers are...more

What’s on the Horizon for U.S. Employers in 2016?

While the upcoming U.S. Presidential election and on-going Congressional gridlock make it unlikely any new federal employment laws will be enacted in the U.S. in 2016, employers can expect federal agencies to continue their...more

Austin, Texas Joins Movement To “Ban The Box” In Hiring Practices

Effective April 4, 2016, Austin’s Fair Chance Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) imposes a host of new unlawful hiring practices upon private employers regarding inquiries into criminal convictions. Chief among them, an employer...more

HUD Releases Guidance on Fair Housing and Criminal Screening in Private Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued new guidance on April 4, 2016, on the use of criminal conviction records by housing providers in screening applicants. The guidance advises housing providers...more

HUD Determines That Blanket Bans of Ex-Offenders is Illegal Under the Fair Housing Act

On April 4, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) issued guidance on its interpretation of how the Fair Housing Act applies to housing providers’ policies that ban residents with criminal records....more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

PFOA Contamination Likely to Spur Legislative Action - The discovery of Perfluorooctanoic Acid contamination in southern Vermont drinking water has prompted legislators to examine whether more action is necessary to...more

Labour and Employment Criminal Background Checks

In an increasingly competitive business environment, it is perhaps more important than ever for employers to exercise prudence and caution in hiring and maintaining their workforce. Background checks, including criminal...more

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