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Illinois Employers Will Need To Comply With Several New Laws That Take Effect In 2015

The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicant Act: Commonly referred to as the "ban-the-box” law, employers with 15 or more employees cannot consider or inquire into an applicant’s criminal record or history until: (a) the...more

New OFCCP FAQs Clarify Rules Regarding Collecting and Reporting Veterans Data

In an effort to address confusion resulting from the new VETS-4212 Form, OFCCP recently posted two new FAQs addressing issues related to collecting and reporting disclosure data. The first FAQ addresses whether contractors...more

New York Trial Court Provides Guidance on Application of Corrections Law Factors

It should come as no surprise to New York employers that making an employment decision based on an applicant or employee's criminal background can be unlawful. See N.Y. Corr. Law § 752; see also N.Y. Exec. Law § 296 (15).  ...more

California’s Fair Chance Employment Act Targets Construction Contractors

A new California law took effect January 1 that requires employers making bids on state contracts involving “onsite construction-related services” to certify they have “banned the box” on applications for onsite...more

Michigan Protects Employers from Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims

On January 1, a new Michigan law took effect to protect companies that hire ex-offenders who go on to cause damage or injury during the course of their employment. Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, and Texas recently passed...more

Plaintiffs' Class Action Claims Target Background Checks

Earlier this week, the arts and crafts retailer Michael’s Stores, Inc. received notice of a new class action lawsuit challenging its use of applicant background checks. The lawsuit alleges that the retailer failed to provide...more

City of Chicago Expands “Ban the Box” Law to Smaller Employers and City Agencies

Effective January 1, 2015, the City of Chicago expanded the coverage of Illinois’s “ban the box” law within city limits. The amended Human Rights Ordinance, Section 2-160-010 of the Municipal Code of Chicago, effectively...more

New Minnesota Expungement Law Helps Protect Employers from Liability

A new Minnesota law that took effect on January 1 expands the opportunities for ex-offenders to expunge their criminal records. In an effort to protect employers who hire employees with expunged records, the new law provides...more

How Do “Relationship-Forward” Companies Market and Sell? (Part IV)

Perhaps not surprisingly, companies that place a premium on relationship building set relational competency as a high priority when screening new recruits. A Harvard MBA with relevant work experience might look good on paper,...more

Reminder: Make sure your application and hiring processes comply with Illinois “Ban the Box” requirements

It’s officially January, which means that Illinois’ new “Ban the Box” requirements – which prohibit most employers from asking about criminal history on employment applications and in the initial stages of the hiring process...more

The need for actual medical evidence in disability cases

Employers frequently call with concerns about employees who self disclose an alleged disabling condition that is not readily apparent, and who claim substantial limitations as a result. The employer’s concerns center on when...more

Baker Wellness Center Illegaly Fired Employee Because of Disability, EEOC Claims in Lawsuit

Company Openly Stated in Termination Letter That It Fired Employee Due to'Medical Problems' After Learning of Her Diabetes, Federal Agency Charges NEW ORLEANS -- Baker Wellness Center, Inc., a Baton Rouge, La., area adult day...more

Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - December 2014

2014 Year in Review—the Top 10 Trends in New Jersey Employment Law - 2014 was another busy year for developments in New Jersey employment law. This newsletter examines noteworthy developments in ten key...more

Syracuse “Bans the Box” for City Contractors

Effective March 22, 2015, Syracuse has “banned the box” for any person that enters into a service contract or concession agreement with the City, or otherwise supplies goods and/or services to, or on behalf of, the City. ...more

New Jersey Ban the Box Reminder

New Jersey employers should start preparing for the state’s “ban the box” bill, formally known as the “Opportunity to Compete Act,” which goes into effect on March 1, 2015. For our answers to frequently asked questions about...more

D.C.’s “Ban the Box” Law Takes Effect, OHR Issues Notice of Rights

D.C.’s Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014 took effect on December 17. The new law prevents employers with 11 or more employees in D.C. from making any criminal inquiries on an initial employment application (i.e.,...more

Background Checks Headline in 2014

In 2014, background checks were a hot topic in state and local legislatures. Before this year, only 8 jurisdictions in the country had passed laws preventing private employers from asking job candidates about their criminal...more

Beware of Stock Vendor Background Check Forms

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

Illinois Employers: Be Aware of 1/1/15 Notice Requirement Regarding Pregnancy Protections for Employees and Applicants

In connection with the recently enacted amendment to the Illinois Human Rights Act (“Act”), pertaining to non-discrimination against and accommodation of pregnant employees and applicants, Illinois employers should be aware...more

Maryland’s Montgomery County Enacts Ban-the-Box Legislation

On November 10, 2014, the County Executive of Montgomery County, Maryland, Isiah Leggett, signed county-wide ban-the-box legislation passed by the County Council on October 28, 2014 (Bill No. 36-14) (“Act”). The Act amends...more

Lawler Foods Refused to Hire Non-Hispanics EEOC Charges in Discrimination Suit

Bakery's Word-of-Mouth Hiring and Ads Stating a Preference for Spanish Speakers Also Discriminatory, Federal Agency Says - HOUSTON - Lawler Foods, Inc. and Lawler Foods, Ltd., a Houston-area production bakery, violated...more

San Francisco's OLSE Issues "FAQs" On Fair Chance Ordinance

Starting on August 13, 2014, employers doing business in the City of San Francisco, California have had to comply with sweeping amendments to San Francisco Police Code, Article 49, and Administrative Code, Article 12 ("the...more

NJ Supreme Court to Rule on SOL Waiver

Last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court agreed to address whether to uphold a provision in a job application that limited the time in which an employee could sue the company to no more than 6 months after an alleged adverse...more

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Holds Whistleblower Protection Is Not Available

The False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. §3729 et seq. (FCA), provides for triple damages and a penalty ranging from $5,500 to $11,000 per claim for anyone who knowingly submits or causes the submission of a false or fraudulent claim...more

NYC Council Debates Expansive “Ban the Box” Bill

A couple of months ago, we blogged about the New York City Council’s general support for a proposal that would effectively ban credit checks in hiring and other personnel decisions. As the council continues to debate credit...more

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