Hiring & Firing Criminal Background Checks

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... more +
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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Modified “Ban the Box” Bill Approved in Connecticut

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

“Ban the Box” Gains Momentum, At Least with Public Employers – Tennessee Becomes Latest State to Bar State Agencies from Asking...

Tennessee has become one of the latest states to “ban the box,” joining a growing list of jurisdictions barring employers from asking about job applicants’ criminal histories. As of April 18, 2016, a total of 23 states and...more

Retailer - Spring 2016

NEWS & ANALYSIS - Hiring 101 for Retail Employers - Hiring good employees is a challenge, especially in the retail industry. But by following a few tips, you can make better decisions and reduce your risk of...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

A Closer Look at Austin’s “Ban the Box” Ordinance

On March 24, 2016, the Austin City Council passed a “ban-the-box” ordinance, the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance, which took effect on April 4, 2016. The final version of the ordinance was released on April 12, 2016. It...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

Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration Announces Crackdown on Employee Background Checks

Florida’s Chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America just advised that Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration released an e-blast today warning that it will begin to carefully scrutinize employee rosters at...more

Austin, Texas Passes Ban the Box Ordinance

The city of Austin in Texas is the latest major city to pass a Ban the Box ordinance which affects private employers.  Ordinance No. 20160324-019 was approved on March 24, 2016 by a vote of 8 – 2. ...more

The Difficult Dilemma Facing Employers When It Comes to Threats of Workplace Violence

Unfortunately, headlines of tragic acts of violence in the workplace continue – and it is a trend that is not abating. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that approximately 2 million workers are...more

Austin, Texas Joins Movement To “Ban The Box” In Hiring Practices

Effective April 4, 2016, Austin’s Fair Chance Ordinance (the “Ordinance”) imposes a host of new unlawful hiring practices upon private employers regarding inquiries into criminal convictions. Chief among them, an employer...more

Labour and Employment Criminal Background Checks

In an increasingly competitive business environment, it is perhaps more important than ever for employers to exercise prudence and caution in hiring and maintaining their workforce. Background checks, including criminal...more

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

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

"Ban The Box" And Other Laws Limiting An Employer's Use Of Criminal History [Video]

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

Austin Passes "Ban the Box" Ordinance

On March 24, 2016, the Austin City Council passed an ordinance that will significantly restrict many employers from making employment decisions about applicants or employees based on their criminal histories. The Fair Chance...more

Employment Law Commentary, March 2016

The California Fair Employment And Housing Council Issues Proposed Regulations To Limit Consideration Of Criminal History In Employment Decisions - Employers take great measures to avoid hiring dangerous employees—not...more

What Employers Need to Know About "Ban the Box"

“Ban the Box” or “Fair-Chance Hiring” describes a recent movement that advocates removing the check box appearing on many job applications asking applicants whether they have criminal histories. Ban-the-box advocates say that...more

Austin Becomes the First City in Texas to “Ban the Box”

On March 24, 2016, the Austin City Council passed the Fair Chance Hiring Ordinance, which will prohibit most employers from asking questions about or considering an individual’s criminal history until after making a...more

Philadelphia’s Fair Chance Hiring Law Poster

Seyfarth Synopsis in a Second: As of March 14, 2016, employers in Philadelphia are required to post a new poster on their website and premises and are prohibited from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background during...more

NJ Adopts Final Regulations on Criminal Background Inquiries

New Jersey has promulgated its final ban-the-box regulations, clarifying the law passed on March 1, 2015, which severely restricted public and private employers with 15 or more employees from inquiring into an applicant’s...more

Amendments to Philadelphia “Ban the Box” Ordinance Place New Restrictions on Employers

This week, extensive amendments take effect to Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards ordinance, popularly known as “Ban the Box.” The Ban the Box law, enacted in 2012 (see our advisory here), regulates the...more

Philadelphia Criminal Background Checks – Fair Chance Hiring Law Poster

On March 14, 2016, Philadelphia’s so-called “ban the box” law, the Philadelphia Fair Criminal Records Screening Ordinance, became effective.  With it came the release of a mandatory new poster restating the major elements of...more

New and Amended Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance

Philadelphia’s Ban the Box has been on the books since 2011. However, it was recently amended and certain changes went into effect yesterday (3/14/16). ...more

Employment Law - March 2016 #2

California Appellate Panel Sets Standard for Disability Discrimination Jury Instructions - Why it matters - How should a California trial court properly instruct a jury regarding an employer's intent to discriminate...more

City of Philadelphia Amendments to Ban-The-Box Legislation Take Effect This Week

On December 15, 2015, Philadelphia’s former Mayor, Michael Nutter, signed off on an amendment (“the Amendment”) to the Fair Criminal Record Screenings Standards Ordinance (“the Ordinance”). The Amendment, which tightens the...more

The Philadelphia Ban-the-Box Poster is Here: The Ins and Outs of the Posting Requirement

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations has released the poster employers are required to display under the new amendments to Philadelphia’s “ban the box” law, the Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Act. The...more

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