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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

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

New Regulations Further Limit Use of Criminal History for Employment Decisions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective July 1, 2017, new regulations will further limit employers’ ability to consider criminal history when making employment decisions. On March 27, 2017, the Office of Administrative Law approved the Fair...more

California Employers Further Restricted From Using Criminal History

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

California continues its lead in restricting use of criminal records with the Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) recently finalizing new regulations that further limit a California employer’s ability to use criminal...more

New Fair Employment and Housing Act Regulations Further Limit Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

Considering criminal records when making employment decisions has long been the subject of scrutiny, and will soon be governed by new California regulations. On March 27, 2017, the California Office of Administrative Law...more

California Lawmakers Introduce Statewide Ban-the-Box Law

by Littler on

When it comes to legislation restricting employer use of criminal records, California seems to be leading the charge. In the last six months alone, we have reported on a variety of new laws that apply to California employers...more

California FEHC Regulations Limit Use of Criminal History for Employment Decisions

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Fair Employment and Housing Council has finalized new regulations that will further limit employers’ ability to consider criminal history when making employment decisions. The new regulations are scheduled to take effect...more

California Employers Are Subject to New Requirements When Using Criminal History Information

by Littler on

In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-awaited “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

Another Reason to Tread Carefully When Using Criminal Background Checks in Hiring Decisions

by Barley Snyder on

A recent consent decree between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a southeastern Pennsylvania company is a reminder for employers to keep employment records regarding the use of criminal background...more

California Fair Employment & Housing Council Considers Proposed (and Recently Amended) Rules to Restrict Employer Use of Criminal...

by Littler on

In April 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its long-awaited “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

Texas Keeps Messin’ With EEOC

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Yesterday the Fifth Circuit benchslapped the EEOC in a case involving the agency’s criminal history “guidance.” State of Texas v. EEOC, No. 14-10949 (5th Cir. June 27, 2016). We previously blogged about the State of Texas’...more

Don’t Mess With Texas: EEOC’s Criminal Background Check Guidance Subject To Challenge

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On June 27, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit handed a victory to the State of Texas in Texas v. EEOC , No. 14-10949 (5th Cir. June 27, 2016), by remanding back to the district court the case it dismissed...more

Employers: Criminal History Inquiries May Get Tricky

by Lewitt Hackman on

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

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

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

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

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

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

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

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

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

Big Data & Employer Recordkeeping Requirements

by Zelle LLP on

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

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

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

Private-Sector Employers Doing Business with Local Governments may be Subject to Even More Ban-the-Box and Other Laws Restricting...

by Littler on

In 1998 Hawaii became the first state to pass a so-called "ban-the-box" law, prohibiting both private- and public-sector employers from inquiring about an applicant's conviction history until after the employer makes a...more

New York City Joins Movement to “Ban The Box” In Hiring Practices

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council voted to prohibit private employers from asking job applicants questions about criminal convictions on job applications. Under the Fair Chance Act (the “Act”) an employer may ask...more

Federal Court Limits Employer's Right to Discover Information About the EEOC’s Own Hiring Policies and Expands the EEOC's Rights...

by Littler on

In recent years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has aggressively sought to enforce its April 2012 enforcement guidance concerning how, in the EEOC’s view, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 restricts an...more

Ban-the-Box Bandwagon Requires Application Review

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey joined Illinois and at least 11 other states, as well as dozens of cities and local governments, in prohibiting most employers from initially asking about criminal history on job applications....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

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