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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

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

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

Philadelphia’s “Ban the Box” Ordinance Expands to All Private Employers

Action Item: On March 14, 2016, Philadelphia’s “Ban the Box” ordinance will expand to prohibit all private employers and city agencies from inquiring into a prospective employee’s criminal history prior to making a...more

Employers: Criminal History Inquiries May Get Tricky

Last week the California Fair Employment and Housing Council of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (or, in short, the Council) announced its proposed amendment to the California Code of Regulations, aiming to...more

Police Records Checks Reform Act, 2015

On December 1, 2015, Ontario passed the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015, (the “Act”) which will have concrete implications for the ways in which employers conduct criminal background checks, and the information that...more

New York City Fair Chance Act

New York City’s Fair Chance Act took effect last week, amending the New York City Human Rights Law by prohibiting covered employers from asking about criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been...more

Reminder for NYC Employers: Ban on Criminal Background Checks Takes Effect October 27, 2015

Less than two months after the effective date of a new law barring employers’ use of credit checks, another new law restricting the pre-employment process takes effect in New York City today, October 27, 2015 (the Fair Chance...more

Best Practices for Complying with the New York City Fair Chance Act

Given the imminent effective date of New York City’s Fair Chance Act, employers may be wondering what they need to do to comply with the law. As many employers are aware, effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act...more

NYCCHR Publishes Pre-Adverse Action Form

New York City’s new Fair Chance Act goes into effect this Tuesday (October 27, 2015). As discussed in our prior posts, New York employers have long been required – prior to taking adverse action on the basis of an...more

"Fair Is Foul and Foul Is Fair" - NYC Employers Gird for Fair Chance Act

Things or people are not as they always appear to be. That message pervades not only Shakespeare’s Macbeth but also New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA), which is scheduled to go into effect next week (on October 27) and is...more

EEOC Criminal Background Check Cases Come With Big Price Tags for All Parties

One of the EEOC's top priorities has been ensuring individuals are not discriminated against based on their criminal histories. In recent years, it has filed multiple headline-grabbing lawsuits related to background checks...more

NYC Commission on Human Rights Explains New NYC Background Check Laws

We were pleased to host a program on September 28, 2015 on New York City’s two new background check laws, the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act and the Fair Chance Act. Paul Keefe, Supervising Attorney at the NYC...more

Background Checks are Still Big Litigation Business—Just Ask BMW

Yet another reminder that everyone using criminal background checks in the hiring process needs to review their standards—BMW just entered a consent decree with the EEOC under which it will pay $1.6 million and offer to hire...more

State Appellate Court Considers Employer’s Duty to Conduct Criminal Background Checks

In the last few years, there has been a significant spike in the number of lawsuits challenging employer use of criminal background checks, including class action lawsuits brought under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. ...more

BMW Signs Consent Decree – Background Screening

BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC (“BMW”) entered into a consent decree with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) regarding allegations that they discriminated against African American logistics employees through...more

Addressing and Preventing Workplace Violence

The subject of workplace violence has unfortunately made headlines once again after a news anchor and cameraman were killed by a former co-worker in Virginia last week. Employers are understandably concerned and have...more

What U.S. Multinational Employers Need to Know about Background Checks

Employers often run background checks on their applicants and employees in order to protect the workplace and to assemble a good and trustworthy workforce. For U.S.-based employers with operations overseas, the legal...more

Using Criminal Convictions in the Hire Process: A Hobson's Choice for Employers?

Is the government really telling employers that they are not allowed to disqualify an applicant because of past criminal activity? In a word, yes. That is increasingly becoming the case on the state level and has been the...more

Megan’s Law: How California Limits its Use for Employment Purposes

Since New Jersey led the way in 1994, many states have enacted so-called Megan’s Laws, which establish public online registries of individuals who have been convicted of a sex-based offense. California’s version of Megan’s...more

“Ban the Box" Coming to the Big Apple...

On June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law an amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law that requires private employers to remove criminal-convictions questions from job applications and defer...more

Big Data & Employer Recordkeeping Requirements

Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued a janitorial and facilities management company for its failure to keep adequate recruitment records. The EEOC alleges that the company used “criminal history...more

EEOC Uses its Record Keeping Requirements to Police Use of Criminal Background Checks

We don't think about personnel files – we just have them. Everything from employment applications to benefits enrollment forms to discipline and discharge documents goes into those files. But did you know that the EEOC...more

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