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NYC Commission On Human Rights Finalizes Agency Rules And Regulations Regarding The Fair Chance Act

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As discussed in our prior alert in 2015, New York City enacted the Fair Chance Act (FCA), which, subject to limited exceptions, prohibits private employers from seeking information from job applicants regarding their past...more

Reminder: Effective July 1, 2017: California Regulations Limiting Use of Criminal Background Information

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Earlier this year, we issued a client Advisory concerning the California Fair Employment and Housing Council’s new regulations regarding the use of criminal history for employment purposes. The new regulations took effect...more

California Places New Limits on Employer Use of Criminal History

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

New regulations issued by the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) impose additional limitations on an employer’s use of criminal history information, and expand the types of criminal history that employers...more

Fair Credit Reporting Act Developments: Increase in Class Action Litigation

by Fisher Phillips on

Applicant background reports can be vital tools for employers, especially in the hiring process. However, amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) significantly increase the rights of applicants and employees to...more

California Joins the Ban-the-Box Bandwagon

California’s new Ban the Box regulation became effective last week. Effective July 1, 2017, questions concerning an applicant or employee’s criminal convictions will now be subject to the new regulation... That regulation...more

Connecticut Independent Schools Required to Perform Background Checks on Potential Employees Effective July 1, 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In 2016, Connecticut passed legislation that significantly expanded the scope of background check requirements for public schools when hiring new employees. That law, colloquially referred to as the “Pass the Trash” bill,...more

Reminder: Vermont ‘Ban The Box’

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Vermont’s Ban the Box law became effective on July 1, 2017, more than a year after Governor Peter Shumlin signed H. 261. The law prohibits an employer from requesting “criminal history record information,” including...more

Are You Ready For Important California And City Of Los Angeles Regulations Effective July 1, 2017?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Both California and the City of Los Angeles have enacted regulations effective July 1, 2017 governing employer use of applicant and employee criminal history in making employment decisions. Below we summarize these upcoming...more

New Criminal History Hiring Regulations for California Employers

by Carlton Fields on

Employers hiring in California must be aware that on July 1, new California Fair Employment and Housing Council regulations take effect, limiting use of criminal history when making employment decisions. Every nationwide...more

Background Checks by Province: What Employers Need to Know

Background screening job candidates is an important part of an employer’s recruitment process. There are several different background checks that are generally permissible in Canada, but employers must tread carefully. ...more

New California Regulations Further Limit Employers' Ability to Use Criminal History in Making Employment Decisions

by Nossaman LLP on

Effective July 1, 2017, new regulations from the California Fair Employment and Housing Council will further limit an employer’s ability to consider the criminal history of a job applicant or employee when making employment...more

FEHA Regulations Amended Regarding Consideration of Criminal History in Employment Decisions

by Allen Matkins on

Effective July 1, 2017, the regulations under the Fair Employment and Housing Act will identify new circumstances in which employers may face liability for considering criminal history in making employment decisions such as...more

Filtering rules for criminal record checks: Two convictions do not always make a pattern of offending

by Dentons on

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 provides that criminal convictions, cautions, warnings and reprimands in respect of certain offences are deemed to be “spent” after specified periods of time. Spent cautions and...more

Is Your Background Check Too Broad? New D.C. Law Bans Requests for or Use of Credit Information

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Credit information is often one component of a comprehensive employment background check. As we have previously reported, employers utilizing background checks performed by a credit reporting agency are subject to a number of...more

Update: City of Los Angeles “Ban the Box” Ordinance Guidance and Forms Published

In January, we issued an advisory about the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, referred to as a “Ban-the-Box” initiative, which took effect on January 22, 2017, restricting inquiries into criminal...more

Background Checks Are a Good Idea, but Be Careful What You Wish or

by Fisher Phillips on

Virtually every thoughtful employer wants to hire the very best employees they can find. And why not? Good workers produce better products, provide better service, give maximum effort, learn and adopt the company’s best...more

FTC Issues "Advice" on Background Check Disclosure and Authorization Forms

by Littler on

On April 28, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a blog article entitled “Background checks on prospective employees: Keep required disclosures simple.” The FTC is one of the two federal agencies with oversight...more

Advertising Litigation Report: Vol. 2, No. 2 - Consumer Privacy and Data Security

Judge Trims Proposed Class Action Over Wendy’s Data Breach - Torres v. Wendy’s Int’l, LLC, No. 16-cv-0210 (PGB) (DCI) (M.D. Fla. Mar. 21, 2017). A U.S. district court judge in Florida trimmed a proposed class action...more

California's New Criminal Background Check Regulations to Go Into Effect July 1, 2017

by FordHarrison on

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently enacted regulations that impose additional burdens on employers’ use of criminal background checks in employment decisions. The new regulations are...more

Changes to Massachusetts CORI Regulations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services recently amended the provisions of the Commonwealth’s CORI regulations that govern how employers conduct criminal history checks. ...more

Prospective Employees Must Show Actual Harm From Failure to Properly Disclose Background Checks

by Sedgwick LLP on

Consent to a background check seems to be a part of any employment application these days, whether the job sought is with a large corporation or the corner deli. Employers gain a measure of protection from conducting...more

The Pros and Cons of Social Media in Job Screenings

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

It is not surprising that a recent survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management revealed that a growing number of employers are using social media both to hire and to disqualify job candidates. Social media...more

Checking In on Background Checks

by Zelle LLP on

Background checks are a valuable (and often essential) part of the hiring process. They help employers find good employees and avoid risky hires. Failure to check applicants’ backgrounds can amount to negligence and may...more

Ohio State and Federal Courts Find No Standing to Assert Technical Violations of the FCRA’s Background Check Disclosure...

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Ohio courts have recently weighed in on a hotly litigated issue related to procurement of background checks on current or prospective employees: do employees have standing to sue employers where the employer fails to provide...more

Inclusion of Liability Waiver in FCRA Disclosures Violates the Act

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: In a recent decision from the Ninth Circuit, which may have broad implications across the country, the Court held that an employer’s inclusion of a liability waiver as part of the Fair Credit Reporting...more

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