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Background checks are increasingly leading to class action lawsuits alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA"). Many employers utilize background checks that include "consumer reports" during the hiring...more
If you are like many employers, you use an online job application or are considering switching to an online process. Online applications have many benefits, and there are numerous vendors prepared to help you set up an online...more
Connecticut has added mortgage brokers, lenders, and servicing companies to the list of “financial institutions” exempted under the state’s existing law limiting credit checks for purposes of employment. The amendment, which...more
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
The practice of using pre-employment credit checks has come under attack for a variety of reasons. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill 22 (AB 22) that restricts California employers from using consumer...more
Effective January 1, 2012, California employers will have to avoid yet another potential legal hazard that haunts businesses with the threat of costly penalties: the unauthorized use of consumer credit reports regarding job...more
With Democrats fully in control of both legislative houses and the governorship of a union-friendly state for the first time in more than a decade, two new laws have been enacted that place Connecticut at the leading edge of...more
Employers face rising criticism regarding their use of credit histories in hiring decisions. Civil rights advocates raise concerns that use of credit histories unfairly disadvantages certain segments of the population....more
Colorado, Maryland and Pennsylvania are the latest to join a growing number of states that have taken steps to limit an employer's ability to perform credit checks on its employees. So far, only four states have actually...more
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