Background Checks

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New York City’s New Discrimination Law Banning Credit Checks on Employees to Go into Effect Soon

New York City’s credit discrimination law (New Credit Law) becomes effective September 3, 2015. The New Credit Law, which modifies New York City’s Human Rights Law, prohibits employers with four or more employees in New York...more

EEOC takes aim at Target for discriminatory pre-employment tests

The EEOC recently announced its $2.8 million settlement with Target Corp. of discrimination claims arising out of the use of employment tests in the hiring process. Discriminatory pre-employment tests like the ones at issue...more

Employment Law Reporter – August 2015

THE INCREASING DANGER OF BACKGROUND CHECKS - New Laws and Emerging Privacy Rights Complicate an Already Difficult Process. The intersection of privacy laws and employment practices can be a dangerous one. Employers...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #4

We’ve been talking potential bias in big data for some time now, and last week’s news was full of concerns about just that. The New York Times Upshot Blog interviewed a Microsoft computer scientist on the subject; NBC News...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

California’s ICRAA is Not Unconstitutionally Vague

An appeals court in California recently held that California’s Investigative Consumer Reporting Agencies Act (ICRAA) is not unconstitutionally vague. (Connor v. First Student, Inc., et al., Cal. Court of Appeal, Second...more

California Court Limits Defenses Available to Employers Requesting Employee Background Checks

Background checks can provide California employers with vital information concerning their employees. In order to protect individual privacy rights, however, the California legislature has created two separate laws governing...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

Startups and the Beginning of the Employment Relationship - Who, What, When, Where, and Why?

WHO to Hire? Startup companies can reduce or eliminate future problems with employees through careful hiring practices. Best practices include...more

OPM Data Breach Update

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved funding to provide the 22 million individuals affected by the OPM data breaches with 10 years of credit monitoring services and $5 million in liability protection for damages,...more

Federal Reserve Changes Name Check Process

As part of its responsibilities as the primary federal banking regulator for bank holding companies, savings and loan holding companies and state-chartered banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System (referred to as...more

Notice versus Strict Procedures – Section 613

Section 613 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), when reporting a consumer report for employment purposes which contains public record information, which are likely have an...more

New York City Employers Prohibited from Requesting Criminal History Information before Making a Conditional Offer

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the “Fair Chance Act” (Int. 318-A), known as “ban-the-box” legislation, prohibiting employers from discriminating against job applicants and current employees on the basis of...more

Legislature Reins in Addiction Recovery Residences

Florida law makers have decided it is high time to stop allowing addiction recovery residences to operate without regulatory oversight. In its last session, the Florida Legislature passed a new law (CS/CS/HB 21) requiring...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

New York City Enacts “Ban the Box” Legislation

As we previously reported, the New York City Council recently passed the Fair Chance Act (Intro No. 318-A, 2014) that—among other requirements—prevents employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal arrests and...more

New York City Limits Employers’ Ability to Perform Background Searches on Prospective Employees

Recently, New York City enacted its own version of “ban-the-box” legislation. The ordinance, titled the Fair Chance Act (“FCA”), was signed by Mayor de Blasio and restricts when employers may inquire into a job applicant’s...more

New York City “Bans the Box”

On June 29, 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law “Ban the Box” legislation, prohibiting employers from making any inquiry of, or statement to, an applicant for the purpose of eliciting information...more

Employment Law Newsletter - July 2015

In This Issue: - Employer Risks in Using Employment-Related Criminal Background Checks - DOL Releases Proposed Amendments to FLSA Overtime Regulations: Now is the Time to Reassess Compliance and Update Your...more

Employers Burdened By More New Laws

The Oregon Legislature enacted several laws in 2015 that will significantly affect your workplace. The following laws go into effect Jan. 1, 2016: Paid Sick Leave - As expected, Oregon has enacted a mandatory paid sick leave...more

Demanding Access To Social Media And Personal Information - Is It Legal?

Employers, both public and private, are using social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, to learn about prospective or current employees. Some employers have even gone so far as to request that...more

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

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

NYC Mayor Signs “Ban the Box” Legislation Prohibiting Criminal Background Inquiries Prior to Offers of Employment

On Oct. 27, 2015, the new NYC Fair Chance Act ( “FCA”), recently signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio, takes effect. The FCA prohibits most New York City employers from making inquiries into an applicant’s criminal...more

OPM data breach update: OPM shuts down background check system

The OPM announced this week that it is temporarily shutting down its background security clearance system, e-QIP, as vulnerabilities were found during a review of systems. Presently, according to OPM, the vulnerabilities did...more

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