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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

Bringing It All Home, the Two Tough Cookies Wrap It Up For You, Part II

This one is tough, especially in global organizations. In many countries, you simply cannot run a background check, as criminal records are not public. In others, you can run them, but the criminal offense must be related to...more

Illinois Becomes The Fifth State To Enact So Called “Ban The Box” Law, Prohibiting Private Sector Employers From Asking About...

This past Monday, July 21, 2014, Illinois joined Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island as the fifth State to enact a so called “ban the box” law. Signed by the Governor, the law will take effect on January 1,...more

Illinois Embraces "Ban The Box"

On July 19, 2014, Illinois joined a growing number of states prohibiting employers from asking about applicants’ criminal histories early in the hiring process. ...more

New Baltimore City Law Limits Employee Criminal Record Check

"Ban the Box" laws are being passed in cities all across the United States. Ober|Kaler's Employment Group looks at the version passed by the Baltimore City Council and outlines what employers doing business in Baltimore need...more

Illinois Joins Ban-The-Box States; New Jersey May Be Next

Criminal background questions on employment applications will no longer be permitted in Illinois, effective January 1, 2015. On July 19, Governor Quinn signed the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, making...more

Data Privacy Law in the UK, Part III: Employment Background Checks and Monitoring

In parts one and two of this series summarizing data protection law in the United Kingdom, we looked at the data protection principles to which employers must adhere in relation to obtaining, holding, or disposing of personal...more

Illinois’s New “Ban the Box” Law Prohibits Asking About Criminal Histories on Job Applications

On July 19, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, making Illinois the fifth state to bar private employers from asking job applicants about their criminal backgrounds...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Police Order To Stay Put While Conducting Background Check Is A Seizure Under Fourth Amendment

The Command Can Implicate Municipal Liability - Overview: The Ninth Circuit recently held that, when a police officer orders a suspect to “stay put,” that command constitutes a seizure under the Fourth Amendment of the...more

Illinois Enacts New Law Impacting Inquiries on Criminal Background Checks

On July 19, 2014, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, which will go into effect on January 1, 2015. The new law will restrict the timing of pre-employment...more

Illinois Joins Push to “Ban the Box”

Effective January 1, 2015, employment agencies and most private employers are prohibited from asking about applicants’ criminal background until they reach the interview stage of the hiring process or, if there is no...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

Ban the Box in Indiana: What Employers Need to Know

Companies are rethinking the single check box on employment applications that inquire about an applicant’s criminal history. Over sixty cities and counties have taken steps toward eliminating job application barriers that...more

Effective July 1, 2014: New Tennessee Laws

New Tennessee laws took effect on July 1, 2014, including changes to the workers' compensation system, caps on damages in suits under the State's statutory employment discrimination laws, and protections for employers hiring...more

Background Check Lawsuits: If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Another

As we previously have written, employer use of criminal records and background checks with respect to applicants and employees has been the subject of challenge on the grounds that such checks tend to discriminate against...more

Criminal Background Discrimination Dragnet Ensnares Government Employer

Last week a New York federal court certified a class of approximately 250,000 African-American job applicants in a race discrimination case against the U.S. Census Bureau. The plaintiffs allege that they were unlawfully...more

July 1 Brings New Law Banning Felony Question on Public Job Applications

An important reminder that on July 1, 2014, Section 432.9 of the Labor Code came into effect. California Labor Code Section 432.9 bans government employers from asking job applicants about their criminal record until later in...more

Who's On Your Campus? Have You Checked The Sex-Offender List Lately?

An administrator’s nightmare is receiving a phone call that an individual on the sex offender’s list has harmed a child within the school. To avoid this horrible situation, schools now regularly check the criminal...more

U.S. Census Bureau Down for the Count after Certification Ruling in Criminal Background Check Case

Last Tuesday, a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted partial class certification in a case where plaintiffs allege that the United States Census Bureau used arrest...more

New Jersey’s “Ban the Box” Bill Sent to Governor Christie’s Desk; Final Version More Employer-Friendly

In December, we wrote about New Jersey’s proposed “ban the box” measure, known as the Opportunity to Compete Act, making its way through the legislature – a law that would prohibit employers from inquiring about 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

Rochester, New York Adopts “Ban the Box” Criminal Background Check Law

Effective November 18, 2014, the City of Rochester, New York will join various states and municipalities around the country—including Buffalo, New York—that prohibit employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s prior...more

Illinois On Verge Of Barring Employers From Soliciting Criminal Background Information On Applications

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has stated that he will sign into law legislation passed by the Illinois legislature at the end of May that bars private sector employers from soliciting criminal background information. ...more

New Jersey Senate Bill Aimed at Protecting Job Applicants With Criminal History

Earlier this month, the New Jersey State Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee advanced a bill seeking to bar employers from inquiring about the criminal history of job applicants during initial interviews and on job...more

Maryland Expedites Licensing Process for Registered MLOs

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley recently signed legislation that will expedite mortgage loan originator (MLO) licensing for registered MLOs. SB 1091 requires the Commissioner of Financial Regulation to waive the state...more

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