Hiring & Firing Criminal Background Checks

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Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and can create tremendous liability for employers who fail to properly adhere to acceptable employment practices. Some of the potential pitfalls in this area stem from discriminatory hiring practices, improper performance evaluations, and retaliatory firings.  less -
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A Check on the EEOC Attack on the Credit Check

We have written a few times about the EEOC’s closer inspection of background checks and the use of criminal records in employment decisions because of their potential adverse impact on classes of applicants. The EEOC has also...more

EEOC Releases New Guidance on Religious Rights and Criminal Background Checks in the Workplace

In early March, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released guidance clarifying employer responsibilities in the areas of accommodating religious beliefs and utilizing background checks. ...more

San Francisco Limits Inquiry into Criminal History of Applicants and Employees

In February, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance, which limits when and to what extent employers can inquire into the criminal history of applicants and employees. The ordinance also...more

Did You Know…San Francisco “Bans The Box”: Are Your Job Applications Up To Snuff?

San Francisco recently “banned the box” by adopting the Fair Chance Ordinance, which prohibits the popular criminal history check box on employment applications. Last year, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 530...more

Employment Law Advisory for March 5, 2014: San Francisco Follows Emerging Trend, Restricts Use of Criminal Records by Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco passed a new law, the Fair Chance Ordinance, that follows an emerging trend and restricts an employer’s ability to seek and utilize information regarding the criminal records of applicants...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

San Francisco "Bans the Box" for Private Employers and City Contractors

The Mayor of San Francisco recently signed an ordinance that prohibits private employers and city contractors and subcontractors (collectively "contractors") from asking job applicants about their criminal histories until...more

San Francisco “Bans The Box” For Private Employers

As we first discussed here, “ban the box” state laws and local ordinances are picking up traction nationwide. Measures vary in scope and nature, but the typical policy bars employers from asking for criminal history...more

San Francisco Bans the Box for Private Sector Employers

San Francisco is the most recent U.S. jurisdiction to adopt a “ban the box” ordinance restricting private sector employers’ rights to seek information about an applicant’s criminal history. The San Francisco Fair Chance...more

The Need for ‘Hire’ Education: Rules to Follow Regarding Background Checks

Background checks are a vital tool used to avoid hiring problem employees and can help limit a company’s potential liability. With more than 65 million people in the United States having been arrested or convicted of crimes,...more

Don’t Be “Convicted” Of Discriminating Based On Criminal Convictions

Picture it: you have the perfect person to hire. You run the background check, and discover a criminal conviction. You are inclined to withdraw the offer, but suddenly you are faced with the question: can I do it? ...more

New North Carolina Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Applicants for Information About Expunged Criminal Arrests, Charges, and...

Imagine a scenario where the applicant you are about to hire as Chief Financial Officer was convicted of a crime, perhaps embezzlement, that he managed to get expunged, but you’ll never know because you can’t ask him about...more

EEOC Provides Clarification on Use of Criminal History Information in Hiring Decisions

What are the requirements for employers that use criminal history information in making employment decisions? Are employers required to take on the onerous task of individually assessing applicants to ensure that they do not...more

How to Stay Legal and Avoid Risky Drivers: Guidance for practicing EEOC-compliant hiring in the transportation industry

In December 2012, the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) held hearings to discuss the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) April 2012 Policy Guidance (number 915.002) regarding businesses’ use of...more

14 Labor & Employment Resolutions For 2014

Our government managed to reach a deal to avoid another government shutdown. And so, while our tax refunds will continue to be processed and parks remain open, it is that time of year again — the time to review and reflect on...more

New Jersey Looks to Limit Use of Criminal History in Hiring Decisions

On Monday, December 16th, the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee advanced the Opportunity to Compete Act, a new bill that would prohibit New Jersey employers from inquiring about criminal history on a job application or...more

Ringing in the New Year: A Summary of New California Employment Laws for 2014

California’s 2012-2013 Legislative Session concluded with the enactment of a variety of new laws that will affect California employers. In light of these developments, summarized below, California employers should review...more

Banning the Box From Your Employment Application

As the New Year approaches, you are expecting better economic times ahead and a more profitable year for your business. Jumpstarting your entrepreneurial endeavors by hiring more help seems like the way to go, so you place...more

Hiring And Retaining Individuals With Criminal Histories

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, taking employment action based on an individual’s criminal history can amount to discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII),...more

Wanted: Applicants With A Criminal History And An Unprofessional Hairstyle

A combination of recent enforcement efforts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state-level legislators has employers scratching their heads about what they can and cannot consider when making hiring...more

California Further Restricts Employer Use of Prior Convictions in Hiring Decisions

On October 10, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown approved S.B. 530 to further limit public and private employers from inquiring into or otherwise considering certain types of criminal convictions. The new law takes effect January 1,...more

Sixth Circuit Approves Fee Award Against the EEOC for Meritless Criminal Record Action

A divided Sixth Circuit panel affirmed the district court decision in EEOC v. Peoplemark, Inc., (Case No. 11-2582) assessing fees and costs against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) totaling $751,942.48 for...more

EEOC and Criminal Background Checks

On September 16, 2013, Aaron Alexis, a former Navy reservist, shot and killed twelve people in a Navy Yard, and wounded many others. Mr. Alexis had a criminal history and history of serious mental illness, and human resources...more

What You Should Know: EEOC Clarifies Use of Background Checks

In order to avoid potential litigation, employers who rely on criminal background checks to screen out undesirable applicants should make sure they are tailored to the requirements of the job being filled, the chairwoman of...more

Labor Letter, October 2013: Strike Two – The EEOC's Failed Attempts To Limit Background Checks

On August 9, 2013, the EEOC suffered its second defeat of the year in litigation involving employer use of criminal and credit background checks for employment screening. A federal district court in Maryland held that the...more

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