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Courts to Employers: Get Your Background Searches in Order

by Baker Donelson on

Over the last few years, employers are facing a new type of class action claim – improper disclosure and authorization for background searches during the hiring process. Some courts have found violations are "willful,"...more

Ninth Circuit is the First Appellate Court to Rule on “Extraneous Text” in a FCRA Background Check Disclosure

by Littler on

On January 20, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit became the first appellate court to rule on the lawfulness of a liability waiver in a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) disclosure. In Syed v. M-I, the...more

New Year, New Laws

by Weintraub Tobin on

Happy New Year! The new year frequently marks new changes in the law, and this year is no exception. There are several important changes that went into effect on January 1st. Here are some of the major changes that went...more

Philadelphia Employers Can No Longer Ask About an Applicant's Salary History

by Clark Hill PLC on

"How much were you paid at your last job?" This question, often a staple in employment applications, soon will be prohibited in Philadelphia. On December 8, 2016, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed legislation...more

Employers Take Note: Employment Applications Must Comply With "Ban the Box" Legislation by January 1, 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

If you have not already done your “Ban the Box” revisions to your initial employment application paperwork there is still time, but do not delay! Effective January 1, 2017 Connecticut prohibits employers from asking about a...more

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #5: Dos and Don’ts of Interviews

This is the fifth instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. Interviewing prospective employees can be a difficult process for the applicant and the employer alike. For the employer, aside from ensuring that the...more

Update on the Employment Application Process and Background Checks

Now that Massachusetts has barred its employers’ from asking job applicants about salary information, and Connecticut has joined the “Ban the Box” trend (prohibiting employers from asking applicants about arrests and...more

Criminal Histories Are No Longer an Automatic Bar to Employment in Illinois Schools

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Effective July 29, 2016, HB 4360 revised Illinois law to eliminate what was otherwise considered a lifetime ban on employment for those individuals seeking work in schools who had been convicted of certain non-violent drug...more

Going For the Gold: How To Legally Recruit The Best Candidates

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This summer the world’s greatest athletes are competing for Olympic gold. In order to win, these athletes must follow a strict set of rules to prevent deductions and disqualifications. When employers compete for the best...more

Connecticut Becomes the Ninth State to “Ban the Box”

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed Public Act No. 16-83, “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment” (“Act”), making Connecticut the ninth state—after Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New...more

Employers Can’t Contractually Shorten Time For Filing Claims Under N.J. Law Against Discrimination

Last week the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Co., Inc., ruling that the two-year statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit alleging violations of the New Jersey...more

Philadelphia Becomes the First Jurisdiction in 2016 to Restrict Employers from Using Credit Information in Employment Decisions

by Littler on

On June 7, 2016, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed a bill to make it unlawful, with limited exceptions, for employers to procure or use an applicant’s or employee’s credit history for employment purposes. Philadelphia...more

New Jersey Employers Cannot Reduce Employees' Time To File Discrimination Claims From Two Year Statute Of Limitations, Rules...

by FordHarrison on

The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that employment agreements shortening the time in which an employee may file a discrimination claim against his or her employer under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) are...more

Please, Take Your Time: NJ Supreme Court Voids Contracts That Limit Workers’ Time to Sue

by Genova Burns LLC on

On June 15, 2016, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Sergio Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Company, Inc., in which it addressed whether the two-year statute of limitations under the New Jersey...more

Reasonable Accommodation Includes Electronic Accessibility

by Zelle LLP on

Computers, mobile devices, and the Internet are integral parts of today’s workplace. Employees email, log into various systems and programs, complete employer forms, and manage their time online. Job seekers research...more

Connecticut Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation

On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a “ban-the-box” statute, which will take effect on January 1, 2017. The law, “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment,” Public Act No. 16-83, prohibits...more

Connecticut Becomes the Third Jurisdiction in 2016 to "Ban the Box"

by Littler on

On June 1, 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a bill into law that prohibits most employers from requesting criminal history information on an initial employment application. Connecticut’s new “ban-the-box” law...more

Best Practices for Conducting Pre-Employment Background Checks in Canada

Many employers perform background checks before hiring their employees. The process could be as simple as checking an applicant’s professional credentials, education, and references, or as detailed as a criminal records check...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

Modified “Ban the Box” Bill Approved in Connecticut

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

Recordkeeping Non-Compliance Will Cost You—the EEOC Settles its Sex Discrimination Case Against Coca-Cola Bottling of Mobile

We posted in October 2015 about the EEOC filing suit against Coca-Cola Bottling of Mobile, asserting sex discrimination in violation of Title VII’s record retention provisions. The complaint alleged that in June 2010 Martina...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

Wisconsin Employers Targeted for Technical Violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Within the past year, one Wisconsin resident has filed several class-action lawsuits against Wisconsin employers. In each case, the resident claimed that the targeted employers were using improper disclosures in employment...more

“Ban-the-Box” and Other Laws Limiting an Employer’s Use of Criminal History

by Smith Anderson on

Employers face an increasing number of laws that limit when an employer may ask for and use an applicant's criminal history. "Ban the Box" laws prohibit questions about criminal history on the initial application. In...more

[Webinar] "Ban The Box" And Other Laws Limiting An Employer's Use Of Criminal History - March 30th, 1:00pm EDT

by Smith Anderson on

Employers face an increasing number of laws that limit when an employer may ask for and use an applicant's criminal history. "Ban the Box" laws prohibit questions about criminal history on the initial application. In...more

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