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Revocation of Ex-Convict’s Job Offer Did Not Violate State Law, Says PA Court

Pennsylvania, like many states, has restricted employer use of criminal history in hiring and other employment decisions. Under the Criminal History Record Information Act (CHRIA), Pennsylvania employers may “consider”...more

Applicants & Employees Can Refuse to Disclose Expunged Criminal Records Under New Louisiana Law

A new Louisiana law that took effect on August 1 serves to prevent employers from inquiring into an applicant’s or employee’s expunged criminal records. The law does provide for certain exceptions such as where the position...more

A Question To Be Answered By The Supreme Court: Should You Discuss The Obvious At Job Interviews?

Sometime next year the United States Supreme Court will decide whether a job interviewer had an obligation to inform an applicant that the interviewer has noticed that the applicant is wearing a headscarf. Put another way, on...more

A Reader Asks: “Is It Me, Or Has Job Interviewing Become Really Complicated?”

Last week, I wrote about the two situations in which an employer should ask an applicant about a disability or a religious belief or practice that might require reasonable accommodation. (As I emphasized last week, 99 percent...more

New York City Council Continues Push to Ban Credit Checks in Connection with Employment Decisions

The New York City Council’s Committee on Civil Rights recently held a hearing on a bill that would amend the New York City Human Rights Law to prohibit employers from basing an employment decision on the consumer credit...more

Ban the Ban-the-Box? Proposed Law May Clarify Background Check Dilemma in Regulated Industries

On the heels of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) increased scrutiny regarding criminal history questions during the hiring process and the wave of new state ban-the-box laws, Congress has proposed...more

An Employer Should Never Ask About Disability Or Religion. Except When It Should.

Everybody knows that an employer should never, ever, ever ask an applicant about religion or disability until after a conditional offer of employment has been made. And maybe not even then. Right?...more

Background Screening Company Adopts Revised Procedures in Cooperation with EEOC

DALLAS -- The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and The Cole Group have reached an agreement reflecting the job applicant screening company's implementation of revised policies and practices to ensure that...more

Thumbs Up/ Thumbs Down, Still FCRA

Does your business use a contractor to provide in-home services to your customers? If so, you probably want the contractor to conduct background checks on its employees. You want the contractor to screen out people who pose...more

BNSF Railway Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Company Rescinds Offer Due to Applicant's Prior Back Injury, Federal Agency Charges - SEATTLE - Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by withdrawing a job offer to a...more

A Hiring Supervisor’s Subjective Judgment That the Selected Employee Would “Fit in Better” Could Create an Inference of...

A recent Second Circuit case highlights the potential perils of basing employment decisions upon subjective judgments which are susceptible to multiple interpretations. In Abrams v. Department of Public Safety, the court...more

Rochester Follows Buffalo’s Lead in Passing “Ban the Box” Legislation

As detailed in our blog dated September 2, 2013, Buffalo joined numerous local and state jurisdictions in adopting some form of “ban the box” legislation. The City of Rochester has now joined Buffalo to become the second city...more

Employment Law: Sep 2014

California Enacts Paid Sick Leave - Why it matters: Employers in California must now provide three paid sick days per year for workers, pursuant to a new law going into effect on July 1, 2015. The controversial...more

Retailer - Fall 2014

Counting the Cost of Payroll Cards: Are they Worth it for Employers? Retailers, as well as other employers, have grown to rely on payroll cards to compensate employees who may not have bank accounts. What are the legal risks...more

D.C. the Latest Jurisdiction to Ban the Box

The District of Columbia is on the verge of joining the 13 other states (and numerous cities and counties throughout the country) that have enacted “Ban the Box” laws prohibiting or limiting an employer from asking job...more

District of Columbia’s Ban-the-Box Legislation

On August 21, 2014, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent C. Gray signed citywide ban-the-box legislation, formally titled the “Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act of 2014” (“Act”) ( D.C. Act 20-422). ...more

Ban-the-Box Bandwagon Requires Application Review

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey joined Illinois and at least 11 other states, as well as dozens of cities and local governments, in prohibiting most employers from initially asking about criminal history on job applications....more

Mobile Payments – The Future is NOW

At this week’s highly anticipated new product launch, Tim Cook (Apple’s CEO) introduced Apple Pay, Apple’s new payment platform driven by the event’s leading stars, the iPhone 6 and iWatch. As usual, the excitement was...more

EEOC Sues Dunkin’ Donuts Franchisee for Religious Discrimination

Company Refused to Hire Applicant Because of His Religion, Federal Agency Charged - ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Citi Brands, LLC, a franchisee of Dunkin' Donuts, violated federal law by refusing to hire a job applicant who is a...more

Which Drug-Testing Law Applies? Who Knows?

Shawn Olson of Minnesota was offered a job in West Virginia by Push, Inc., a company based in Wisconsin. Mr. Olson was asked to complete a pre-hire drug test, which was originally going to be performed in Push’s state of...more

Madison, WI Resolution Targets “Ban the Box” Legislation For City Contractors and Vendors

The Common Council of Madison, Wisconsin passed a resolution that prohibits the city (i) from asking questions concerning an applicant’s criminal history on the city’s initial employment applications (i.e., “banning the...more

Are You Ready for the New Holacracy? Update on Social Media and the Hiring Process

The innovative folks at Zappos have eschewed the traditional job application/interview/job offer process for a social-media-driven process on a Zappos platform. While very up-to-date, does this push the envelope to the point...more

Oklahoma, Louisiana and Rhode Island Continue Trend Enacting New Password-Protection Laws

In 2012, Maryland became the first state to prohibit employers from requiring employees or job applicants to provide passwords to their personal social media accounts. Since then, the trend for states to limit employers'...more

Rhode Island Enacts Employee Social Media Privacy Legislation

Rhode Island has recently enacted legislation intended to protect job applicants’ and employees’ social media accounts and information. The new law prohibits employers from requiring job applicants or employees to disclose...more

New Illinois Laws: Payroll Cards and Protection for Pregnant Employees

Governor Quinn signed two laws in August that impact Illinois employers — one that expands protections for pregnant applicants and employees and one that sets new requirements for payroll debit cards....more

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