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A “Hotbox” Of Legal Issues: California’s Workplace Marijuana Laws

With New York joining in last year, nearly half the country has laws permitting state residents to use marijuana for medical purposes, and a handful even permit recreational use. California led the movement when it passed the...more

New York City Bars Employers from Considering Criminal History before Extending a Job Offer

On June 29, 2015, Mayor de Blasio signed the Fair Chance Act, a new law that generally prohibits New York City employers from discriminating against job applicants with a criminal record and that prohibits inquiries about...more

Pennsylvania Approves Major Changes to Laws Protecting Minors

The Pennsylvania Legislature has passed – and Gov. Tom Wolf has signed – House Bill 1276 to amend the state’s Child Protective Services Law. The amended law contains a number of clarifying revisions to the mandated reporting...more

Magistrate Judge Rules LinkedIn’s “Reference Search” Does Not Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act

As we discussed in a previous post, a class action lawsuit (Sweet, et al. v. LinkedIn) was filed last year against LinkedIn in California based on allegations that the reference reports LinkedIn generates for premium...more

New Nevada Law Expands Employer Access to Conviction Records

While Nevada law does not limit how far back employers can directly ask applicants or employees about their conviction history, for years it has generally prohibited consumer reporting agencies (CRAs) from providing employers...more

Background Screening Companies May Now Report Convictions Older Than Seven Years in Nevada

Under the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), background screening companies (or consumer reporting agencies) are generally prohibited from reporting certain types of derogatory information that the FCRA considers to be...more

New Law Provides Gaming Industry with Broader Background Investigation Powers

The Nevada Legislature has amended the state’s consumer reporting laws to remove restrictions on the information a credit reporting agency may report to gaming operators. With the passage of Senate Bill 409, a credit...more

Background Checks? That is the Question

Has your company decided yet whether it will conduct criminal background or credit checks? If you are already using that tool as part of your job screening process, are you keeping up with legal developments in every city,...more

Oregon to Become the Latest State to Ban the Box

On June 16, 2015, the Oregon House passed an amended version of House Bill 3025, which will prohibit most employers from asking questions about criminal history on job applications or at any other point in the hiring process...more

Five EEOC Initiatives to Monitor on the Agency’s Silver Anniversary

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) opened its doors on July 2, 1965, exactly one year after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VII of that act (“Title VII”) prohibits...more

U.S. Department of State Experiences another World-Wide Delay in Visa Processing

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced that it is experiencing technical problems with its visa system, which have resulted in delays in printing visas and may require rescheduling some visa...more

New York City Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation Affecting Private Employers

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the NYC Fair Chance Act (the Act) in a landslide vote. Sponsored by New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), the Act amends the New York City Human Rights...more

NYC “Ban the Box” Bill Heads to Mayor’s Desk

On June 10th, by a 45-5 vote, the New York City Council passed a bill (Int. No. 318) to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to further restrict employers from inquiring into or otherwise considering an...more

New York City Moves to “Ban the Box” on Criminal Background Checks in Job Applications

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the Fair Chance Act (Intro No. 318-A, 2014) by a vote of 45-to-5. The legislation prevents employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal arrests and convictions...more

New York City Council Bans the Box

Following closely on the heels of a citywide bill restricting employer’s use of credit information for employment decisions, on June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed a new bill restricting an employer’s ability to...more

Important Changes Affecting Background Checks Under Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law

The Children and Youth Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to narrow the scope of a Pennsylvania law requiring background checks for volunteers who have “direct contact” with...more

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

Beginning July 1, 2015 volunteers are required to obtain background checks, including the Child Abuse History Clearance, issued by the Department of Human Services, and the Criminal History Record Check, issued by the...more

Employers & The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Has Sweet v. LinkedIn Signaled the Next Wave of Social Media Driven Change?

Most employers are at least generally familiar with the The Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). FCRA protects consumers whose information is disclosed by consumer reporting agencies. In the employment context, FCRA regulates...more

Trend Continues to “Ban the Box” for Employment Criminal Background Checks

As previously discussed in a September 5, 2014 Legal Alert, the movement to limit the extent to which employers may request and consider applicants’ and employees’ criminal histories continues to gain momentum. In the last...more

FINRA Launches BrokerCheck Media Blitz

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) is the largest independent, not-for-profit regulator of securities firms conducting business in the United States. FINRA is authorized by the United States Congress to...more

Legislative Update: Mandatory Double Damages for OT Violations Bill Passes; Other Bills Await Votes

We’re nearly at the end of the legislative session and the bills are coming fast and furious. Late Friday, the General Assembly passed a bill (Senate Bill 914) that mandates (rather than allows) double damages to be...more

New York City Prohibits Employers From Considering Credit History When Making Employment Decisions

On May 6, 2015, New York City enacted the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (the “Act”), which amends the New York City Human Rights Law to make it unlawful for employers to consider an individual’s consumer credit...more

N.D. Cal. Judge Puts a Check on Plaintiff’s Novel LinkedIn Background Check Theory Under FCRA

The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) has recently spawned an unprecedented number of class action complaints against employers for allegedly failing to comply with FCRA’s hyper-technical disclosure and consent...more

The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Why background checks are fueling the latest wave of class actions

Many employers have third-party services run background checks on applicants, new hires, or existing employees. Many of these employers utilize these services to minimize the risk of claims of negligent hiring or...more

Cook County, Illinois Amends Human Rights Ordinance To Limit Credit Checks

Cook County, Illinois enacted a bill (No. 15-3088) that amends the Cook County Human Rights Ordinance to restrict employers from asking about or otherwise considering a prospective or current employee’s credit history in...more

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