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New Guidance for Employers Conducting Background Checks

Employers who investigate workers' criminal or credit backgrounds may want to review federal guidelines released March 10. The joint publication of the Federal Trade Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity...more

EEOC and FTC Offer Joint Tips on Use of Employment Background Checks

User-Friendly Documents for Employers, Job Applicants, and Employees Explain Laws Governing the Acquisition and Use of Personal Background Information - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...more

Employment Law Advisory for March 5, 2014: San Francisco Follows Emerging Trend, Restricts Use of Criminal Records by Employers

On February 17, 2014, San Francisco passed a new law, the Fair Chance Ordinance, that follows an emerging trend and restricts an employer’s ability to seek and utilize information regarding the criminal records of applicants...more

Background Checks: Not Over until It’s Over!

In all the hoopla over the victory of the employer in EEOC v. Freeman (USDC, MD, Case No. RWT 09-cv-2573) it may have escaped some people that on November 7, 2013 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”)...more

Bay State Milling Company to Pay $80K to Settle EEOC Hiring Discrimination Case

Indiantown, Fla., Milling Company Refused to Hire Qualified Applicant Based on His Age, Federal Agency Charged - MIAMI - Bay State Milling Company, a major flour and grain producer, will pay $80,185 and furnish other...more

Banning the Box From Your Employment Application

As the New Year approaches, you are expecting better economic times ahead and a more profitable year for your business. Jumpstarting your entrepreneurial endeavors by hiring more help seems like the way to go, so you place...more

Should Employers Test Applicants’ Integrity? The EEOC Discusses “Integrity Testing”

Employers often associate a lack of integrity with counterproductive workplace behaviors, including theft and workplace violence. As a result, employers may be tempted to subject employees and applicants to so-called...more

Wanted: Applicants With A Criminal History And An Unprofessional Hairstyle

A combination of recent enforcement efforts by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and state-level legislators has employers scratching their heads about what they can and cannot consider when making hiring...more

Texas Challenges EEOC's Regulation On The Use Of Criminal Background Checks In The Employment Application Process

On November 4, 2013, the State of Texas filed a lawsuit against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding the agency's April 2012 guidance on the use of criminal background checks in the employment...more

EEOC Sues Insurance Company Over Hair Policy

An Alabama insurance company is being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for allegedly discriminating against black job applicants. The EEOC alleges that the insurance company's grooming policy...more

Labor Letter, October 2013: Strike Two – The EEOC's Failed Attempts To Limit Background Checks

On August 9, 2013, the EEOC suffered its second defeat of the year in litigation involving employer use of criminal and credit background checks for employment screening. A federal district court in Maryland held that the...more

EEOC Sues Employment Staffing Agency ILM for Sex-Based Hiring Discrimination

California-Based Firm Refused to Refer Women For Jobs in Tennessee, Federal Agency Charges - NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A California-based private employment and recruiting agency, Industrial Labor Management Group, Inc....more

Georgia Power Company Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Utility Company Prevented Employees From Returning to Work and Refused to Hire Applicants Because of Disabilities, Federal Agency Charged - ATLANTA - An electric utility company headquartered in Atlanta unlawfully...more

Mobile Catastrophic Insurance Claims Company Sued by EEOC for Race Discrimination over Hair Policy

Catastrophe Management Solutions' Policy Prohibiting Dreadlocks Violates Federal Race Bias Law, Federal Agency Charges - MOBILE, Ala. - Catastrophe Management Solutions, a Mobile catastrophic insurance claims...more

“A Theory in Search of Facts”: Federal Court Blasts EEOC Challenge to Criminal and Credit Background Checks

Criticizing the EEOC for placing employers in a "Hobson's choice" related to the criminal and credit background check of job applicants, the federal district court in Maryland threw out the EEOC's lawsuit against an event...more

State Attorney Generals Challenge EEOC Criminal Background Check Lawsuits

As we reported in our July 15, 2013 blog post, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently filed class action lawsuits against Dollar General and BMW challenging those employers’ use of criminal background...more

It’s Just Lunch Agrees to Pay $900,000 to Settle Discrimination Suit

The dating service It’s Just Lunch USA, LLC (“It’s Just Lunch”) will pay $900,000 to settle a suit alleging that the company discriminated against men....more

Criminal Background Check Policies under Fire from the EEOC

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to crack down on allegedly discriminatory employer policies and practices involving criminal background checks....more

Sometimes You Need a Checklist

Last week, I presented an “employment law update” at my firm’s annual Health Law Institute. While the presentation was aimed at employers in the health care industry, it also involved a review of recent state and federal law...more

“Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics”

This phrase, popularized by Mark Twain -- who attributed it to a British Prime Minister -- can be used to describe both the positive and negative power of numbers to illustrate a point. Recently, it gained new meaning in the...more

Employment Law -- Jul 03, 2013

Excerpt from Supreme Court Sides With Employers in Title VII Suits - Capping off a term of big decisions with employer-friendly results, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on two major employment issues in a pair of...more

Another Background Check Pitfall? Following a State Law Mandate to Conduct Background Checks May Not Be a Defense in Title VII...

Adding to last year’s EEOC criminal background check guidance, Minnesota’s recent background check restrictions, and some other federal precedents, in Waldon v. Cincinnati Public Schools, the U.S. District Court for the...more

J.B. Hunt Agrees to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Case Regarding Criminal Conviction Records

Transportation Company Agrees to Maintain Revised Policy Consistent With Recent EEOC Policy Guidelines; Some 14,000 Employees Affected Nationwide - LOS ANGELES - J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., one of the largest...more

New Texas Statute Limits Employer Liability for Negligent Hiring and Negligent Supervision…Or Does It?

When it comes to conducting criminal background checks, employers have long been faced with a double-edged sword. If an employer fails to use criminal background checks to screen job applicants, the employer could face a...more

Criminal Background Checks: EEOC Enforcement and Ban-the-Box Update

The EEOC last year took a new step toward attempting to limit criminal background checks by employers. Recently the EEOC filed two well-publicized lawsuits alleging race discrimination against two different employers for...more

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