Hiring & Firing Job Applicants

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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Philadelphia to Enact Law Prohibiting Inquiry Into a Prospective Employee's Wage History

Seyfarth Synopsis: Philadelphia is positioning to be the next jurisdiction to prohibit employers from inquiring into jobapplicants’ wage history during the employment application process....more

Employment Flash Alert: Los Angeles 'Ban the Box' Ordinance

The city of Los Angeles recently passed an ordinance called the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box), which will impact employers located or doing business in Los Angeles who employ more than 10...more

"A to Z" of What California Employers Need to Know for 2017

With the new year come new laws that affect California employers. The following is the “A to Z” of changes in the law that may affect your business in 2017. All-Gender/Single-User Restrooms - Beginning March 1,...more

D.C. Council Passes Ban on Credit History Screens on Job Applicants, Interns, Employees

The Washington D.C. Council unanimously passed the “Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act” (Bill 21-244) to amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 and prevent employers from taking discriminatory action against applicants,...more

D.C. Joins other States in Banning Credit Checks in the Hiring Process

The D.C. City Council recently passed the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act (“the Act”), which now strictly limits an employer’s ability to inquire into an applicant’s credit history as a basis for a hiring decision. ...more

Stepping Out of the Shadows: Accommodating Mental Health Issues in the Workplace

2016 brought about a host of changes for employers, including new political leaders, ever-changing technology, and new and more open dialogue on a variety of different issues. Aside from politics, perhaps one of the biggest...more

Coming Soon to Philadelphia: No More Questioning Applicants’ Wage History

The Philadelphia City Council recently passed Bill No. 160840, a wage equity ordinance (the “Ordinance”), that will amend Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance to prohibit employers or employment agencies from inquiring...more

Connecticut ‘Ban the Box’ Law Effective January 1

Connecticut is the most recent state in the nation to implement statewide legislation prohibiting employers from making inquiries into an applicant’s criminal history at the onset of the employment process, except under...more

Employer Responsibilities re Mental Health Conditions

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued a “User-Friendly Document” explaining the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions. In doing so, the EEOC has confirmed that individuals...more

EEOC Provides Guidance Outlining Protections for Applicants and Employees with Mental Health Conditions

On December 12, 2016, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an informal resource document which serves to remind employers of protections afforded to applicants and employees who suffer from...more

Philadelphia Passes Ordinance Prohibiting Wage History Inquiries

On December 8, 2016, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a citywide wage equity ordinance that, once signed, will prohibit employers from inquiring into applicants’ wage histories. Mayor Jim Kenny has already...more

In With The New – Resolving To Conduct A Non-Discriminatory Job Interview

Given the often frenzied pace of December due to year-end obligations many businesses face, in addition to the typical mad rush of the holiday season, many employers delay personnel decisions and look to hire new employees at...more

Los Angeles Joins Ban the Box Movement

Los Angeles has become the latest city to ban private employers from asking job applicants about their criminal histories before offering a job. With its , the city joins San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and about two dozen...more

New Los Angeles ‘Ban the Box’ Ordinance

Action Item: Los Angeles employers should review their hiring process, including job applications, to ensure compliance with a new law that limits inquiries of an applicant’s criminal history starting January 1, 2017, or risk...more

Ban the Box: Breaking Down the “Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring” Ordinance

Mayor Eric Garcetti recently signed into law legislation seeking to protect employment applicants from discrimination based on their criminal convictions. Here is what you need to know about the new law going into effect on...more

Texas Likely To Take Aim at Municipal and County Ban the Box Laws

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Legislature of the State of Texas has introduced a new bill designed to create uniformity within its borders by prohibiting municipalities and counties from micro-managing the particular steps involved...more

City of Los Angeles Absolutely, Positively Bans the Box, Even for Non-Resident Employers

Not to be outdone by San Francisco or New York City, the City of Los Angeles has enacted the strictest “ban the box” ordinance in the country, and its many requirements are detailed and onerous. The Los Angeles Fair Chance...more

Los Angeles Passes Rigid “Ban the Box” Law

On December 9, 2016, the City of Los Angeles enacted the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (LAFCIH), a “ban the box” law that is expected to go into effect on January 22, 2017, with monetary fines effective July...more

Will Ban the Box Measures Spread at the Local Level — Employment Trend 2017?

Los Angeles is the latest major city to pass a Ban the Box measure (Ordinance 184652) applicable to private employers. It will become effective January 22, 2017 and will be enforced beginning in July 2017. ...more

New Law Bans the Box in Los Angeles

Effective January 22, 2017, the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring will prohibit most employers in the City of Los Angeles from inquiring about a job applicant’s possible criminal history until an initial job offer...more

Philadelphia Bans Salary History Inquiries, Signaling a Growing Trend

This month, Philadelphia became the first city in the nation to ban employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. The new ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the Philadelphia City Council, makes it...more

City of Los Angeles Passes Ban-the-Box Law

The City of Los Angeles recently enacted its own Ban-the-Box law, designed to prevent employers with at least 10 employees from inquiring into or requiring an applicant to disclose their criminal history until a conditional...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: December 2016 #3

Last week, the EEOC issued a publication on the rights of job applicants and employees with mental health conditions, along with a companion document addressing the mental health provider’s role in reasonable accommodations...more

Los Angeles Enacts ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation

Los Angeles is the latest in a growing list of jurisdictions to adopt an ordinance restricting employers from asking a job applicant about his or her criminal history during the application process. Under the Ordinance,...more

5 Things LA Employers Must Do Now To Comply With New “Ban the Box” Ordinance

If you’re a city contractor or private employer in the City of Los Angeles with 10 or more employees, starting January 22, 2017 you will be subject to new restrictions on how you deal with job applicants’ criminal histories....more

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