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New York Salary History Inquiry Ban

by Dentons on

On May 4, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law Introduction Number 1253-A, which prohibits employers from inquiring about a job candidate's salary history during the hiring process. Dentons' Employment and...more

Salary History Inquiry Bill Down But Far From Out

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On June 28, 2017, HB 2462, an amendment to the Illinois Equal Pay Act, passed both chambers of Illinois General Assembly. The bill would have made an employer’s inquiry into an applicants’ wage, benefits, and other...more

Keep Identifying Information out of Job Applications and Advertisements

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Certain job advertisements have drawn media scrutiny in recent weeks, including dozens of postings seeking applicants with a “neutral” accent for language teaching, sales, and IT support jobs. Another trend, in the opposite...more

All Star Priority Staffing Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Phoenix Staffing Agency Subjected Applicants to Invasive Pre-Offer Medical Questionnaire And Screened Applicants on the Basis of Their Responses, Federal Agency Charges - PHOENIX - All Star Priority Staffing, LLC, a...more

Some States and Municipalities Begin the Ban on Salary History Inquiries

by Bryan Cave on

Many employers base an employee’s pay on his or her past salary. Applicants are typically asked, either on the application or during an interview, how much they made in their previous job(s). Critics of this practice...more

Update: New York City Commission on Human Rights Issues Fact Sheets Regarding the NYC Salary History Ban

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 12, 2017, the New York City Commission on Human Rights released two eagerly-awaited Fact Sheets to aid in the interpretation of the NYC salary history ban, which goes into effect on October 31,...more

Huntington Ingalls Sued By EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Shipyard Refused to Hire a Hearing-Impaired Pipefitter Because He Used Hearing Aids, Federal Agency Charges - NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Newport News-based shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Incorporated violated federal...more

California Corner: New Notice Requirements Regarding Domestic Violence Victims’ Rights and LA’s Ban the Box Ordinance

by Vedder Price on

California Labor Code sections 230 and 230.1 provide certain rights to employees who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, including the right to take time off from work relating to such issues and the...more

Hidden Hiring Landmine: Fair Credit Reporting Act Obligations

by Fisher Phillips on

Every year, an increasing number of states and localities clamp down on an employer’s ability to ask about applicants’ criminal histories (our update from earlier this year provides a good primer). The good news is that...more

California On Brink Of Further Expansion Of Fair Pay Protections

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

California’s legislature is close to passing three bills to expand the state’s fair pay laws. The bills, introduced in early 2017, were designed to expand upon, or clarify, the amended California Fair Pay Act (CFPA)....more

Background Checks: Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

Employees – and unsuccessful applicants for employment – are increasingly asserting claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for violations arising out of background checks conducted by third party credit reporting...more

Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Claim for Job Applicants Remain Viable

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

A lot has been made of the recent district court decision on legal job protections for qualifying medical marijuana patients. But the decision has another piece that has been overlooked and which may cause employers some...more

New York City Finalizes Rules to Interpret the Fair Chance Act

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On August 5, 2017, the final rules (“Final Rules”) interpreting New York City’s Fair Chance Act (“FCA”) took effect—nearly 18 months after the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”) published proposed rules...more

Illinois Governor Vetoes Bill That Would Prohibit Employer Inquiry Into Wage History

On August 25, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed a bill that would prohibit employers from asking applicants about their wage histories. The bill, known as the Illinois No Salary History Law, previously had been...more

A Growing Number of States and Cities Banning Salary History Inquiries

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Employers who ask applicants about their salary history should be wary of a significant increase in state and local legislation barring this question. Over the past year, numerous states and localities have enacted such laws...more

Still Standing: Ninth Circuit Again Finds Standing in Spokeo Remand

by Carlton Fields on

The Ninth Circuit recently issued its latest opinion in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, the closely-watched putative class action dating back to 2010. The plaintiff initiated the lawsuit against Spokeo, which aggregates publicly...more

Concrete Enough to Stand: Ninth Circuit Upholds FCRA Claims in Spokeo

On August 15, 2017, the Ninth Circuit delivered the latest episode in the Robins v. Spokeo saga, reaffirming on remand from the Supreme Court that plaintiff Robins had alleged an injury in fact sufficient for Article III...more

Background Checks: Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

Employees – and unsuccessful applicants for employment – are increasingly asserting claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for violations arising out of background checks conducted by third party credit reporting...more

Ninth Circuit Revisits Standing Analysis for Statutory Claims in Spokeo

by Dechert LLP on

On remand from the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held for the second time that the plaintiff in Robins v. Spokeo, Inc. has standing to proceed in federal court with claims under the Fair...more

Salary Inquiries Off Limits in San Francisco

Last month, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed the “Parity in Pay” Ordinance, making San Francisco the latest in a growing number of cities and states that have enacted legislation prohibiting employers from asking job...more

Everything Else You Need to Know About New York City’s FCA—New Rules Effective August 5, 2017

New York City has issued new rules interpreting the city’s Fair Chance Act (FCA). These rules, which went into effect on August 5, 2017, provide clarification and guidance on how employers can comply with the requirements of...more

San Francisco Ordinance Prohibits Employer Salary History Inquiries

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Beginning July 1, 2018, it will be illegal for San Francisco employers to ask job applicants to disclose their salary history. A number of similar laws have been enacted in cities and states across the country to address the...more

Eleventh Circuit Doesn’t Waffle on Enforceability of Arbitration Agreement

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal found that an arbitration agreement entered into by a putative class representative and his eventual employer was enforceable even though the agreement was signed after the plaintiff filed...more

The Questionable Non-Compete: How to Hire Someone but Avoid a Tortious Interference Claim

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

The Scenario - Your company has a great applicant for a job opening, Jane, but you learn during the interview process that Jane signed a non-compete agreement with her current employer. You can quickly spot some reasons...more

Salary History To Ask or Not To Ask

The question of salary history has long been a topic of disagreement between employers and their prospective employees. One party wants to know, while the other prefers not to tell. Both have what they consider to be valid...more

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