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EEOC amps up attack on background checks

On April 25, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of...more

10 Ways Your Personnel Policies Are Exposing Your Company to Legal Risk (And What to Do About It)

Your company’s personnel policies set expectations and standards for your employees, and can be used as a key defense tool in litigation. Accordingly, it is important to conduct regular audits of these policies to ensure they...more

New Baltimore City Law Limits Employee Criminal Record Checks: How Health Care Employers Are Affected

Effective August 13, 2014, certain Baltimore City employers will be restricted from asking applicants and employees about their criminal history. However, many health care employers will be exempt from this new law either...more

Many Private Sector Employers Limited Regarding Criminal History Inquiries - Illinois Is Now Among the Growing Number of States...

Illinois joins the growing number of states and localities across the country that have "ban-the-box" laws. Statutes that limit inquiry about criminal history during the application and hiring process are known informally as...more

Employee Background Checks

In follow-up to our prior post regarding certain additional liability protections afforded to employers who conduct background checks, in this post we explore additional considerations employers should keep in mind when...more

Illinois “Bans the Box” with New Legislation

On Saturday, July 19, 2014, Governor Quinn signed the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act (the “Act”), which limits private sector employers with 15 or more employees from inquiring into the criminal history of job...more

50 For 50: Five Decades Of The Most Important Employment Discrimination Decisions - Number 49: EEOC Takes On Background Checks

Throughout this series, we have touched on facially neutral policies which, although not motivated by unlawful discrimination, have a discriminatory effect on certain protected classes. For over 40 years, the courts have...more

Employment Background Checks: Tips Employers Should Know to Comply With Federal Laws

Many employers rely on background checks to screen job applicants and employees when making important personnel decisions, including hiring, retention, and promotion. In March, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

eTrends - EEOC and FTC Issue Joint Guidance on the Use of Background Checks for Employment Purposes

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued joint guidance last month on the use of background checks for employment purposes. Two publications were released. One...more

Sixth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of EEOC Suit Against Employer Screening Applicants Based on Credit History Information

In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its updated enforcement guidance concerning how, in its view, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) restricts an employer’s discretion...more

Sixth Circuit Delivers Knockout to EEOC in Another Background Check Case

The EEOC suffered a major setback on April 9th when the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed summary judgment in the highly watched background check case of EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education Corporation, et al. The Sixth...more

A Check on the EEOC Attack on the Credit Check

We have written a few times about the EEOC’s closer inspection of background checks and the use of criminal records in employment decisions because of their potential adverse impact on classes of applicants. The EEOC has also...more

EEOC Releases New Guidance on Religious Rights and Criminal Background Checks in the Workplace

In early March, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance clarifying employer responsibilities in the areas of accommodating religious beliefs and utilizing background checks. ...more

Hot Employment Topics For 2014 Part V: Use Of Arrests And Convictions In The Employment Process

This is the fifth of a seven-part series describing "Hot Employment Topics for 2014." Part V focuses upon "Use of Arrests and Convictions in the Employment Process." One hot topic in 2014 will be the issue of employer...more

EEOC and FTC Issue Joint Publications on Background Checks

On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) jointly released two pamphlets on the use of background checks in the workplace: (a) one directed at employers...more

Not-So-Unlikely Bedfellows? The FTC and the EEOC Join Forces to Issue Guidance on Employment Background Checks

For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have worked together to publish two guidance documents about employment background checks. One document,...more

Did You Know...Background Checks – Buyer [Employer] Beware!

As we recently reported at our annual employment law seminar and underscored in “Did You Know…New Informal Guidance From EEOC & FTC Re Background Checks,” background checks are not only the focus of the EEOC and FTC, but also...more

"Ban the Box" and Beyond: San Francisco Joins Growing List of Jurisdictions Restricting Employment-Related Criminal Record...

A nationwide “ban the box” movement seeks to restrict criminal history information that employers can obtain or use for employment purposes. The movement derives its name from a box on standard job application forms that asks...more

FTC and EEOC Issue Joint Guidance on Employer Use of Background Checks

A new joint publication of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) serves as a reminder to employers of the risks that come with the use of background information when making...more

Did You Know...New Informal Guidance From EEOC & FTC Re Background Checks

As we recently reported at our annual employment law update, additional restrictions are being placed on the use of background checks in light of the potential for disparate impact and invasion of the right to privacy....more

New Guidance for Employers Conducting Background Checks

Employers who investigate workers' criminal or credit backgrounds may want to review federal guidelines released March 10. The joint publication of the Federal Trade Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity...more

Should Background Checks Be On Your New Employee Checklist?

"Where there's Pepsi, there's music" … is a slogan from a Pepsi marketing campaign. No doubt the EEOC agrees – in 2012, Pepsi paid over $3 million to settle race discrimination claims and agreed to provide job offers and...more

Employment Law Advisory for March 5, 2014: San Francisco Follows Emerging Trend, Restricts Use of Criminal Records by Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco passed a new law, the Fair Chance Ordinance, that follows an emerging trend and restricts an employer’s ability to seek and utilize information regarding the criminal records of applicants...more

San Francisco Passes Fair Chance Ordinance Restricting Employers’ Ability to Use Criminal History Information

San Francisco has “banned-the-box” on employment applications and has added other restrictions on private employers’ ability to obtain and use criminal history information. The City and County of San Francisco Board of...more

The Need for ‘Hire’ Education: Rules to Follow Regarding Background Checks

Background checks are a vital tool used to avoid hiring problem employees and can help limit a company’s potential liability. With more than 65 million people in the United States having been arrested or convicted of crimes,...more

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