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President Obama Wields His Executive Power Once Again to Target Federal Contractors on Pay Issues

On April 8, 2014, President Obama took two significant actions in the employee pay arena. He signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against their applicants and employees for inquiring...more

Did You Know…San Francisco “Bans The Box”: Are Your Job Applications Up To Snuff?

San Francisco recently “banned the box” by adopting the Fair Chance Ordinance, which prohibits the popular criminal history check box on employment applications. Last year, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 530...more

Making The Hiring Process Work

In This Presentation: - Using Social Media in Hiring Decisions ..Scenario #1 - Hiring Employees with Restrictive Covenants ..Scenario #2 - Disparate Impact ..Scenario #3 - Federal...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

To Reference or Not to Reference? - That is Almost Always the Question

The area of providing a reference for prior employees can be a mine field for employers. There is a wide array of conflicting requirements, thought processes and goals whenever we talk about references. Give a bad reference...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

Using Social Media In Hiring Decisions: Is It Really Worth The Risk?

Employers today often utilize social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace to investigate job applicants (or current employees) as part of the hiring process. This article discusses the following trends and...more

Background Check Forms Face Increased Scrutiny in Federal Court

Businesses should check their background check consent forms and their pre-adverse action waiting periods, after a recent federal court decision out of Pennsylvania. ...more

Veterans Preference: New Temporary Rule for Oregon Public Employers

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recently issued a new temporary rule that addresses the veterans preference obligations of Oregon public employers. The temporary rule clarifies that job recruitment...more

New Jersey Looks to Limit Use of Criminal History in Hiring Decisions

On Monday, December 16th, the New Jersey Assembly Labor Committee advanced the Opportunity to Compete Act, a new bill that would prohibit New Jersey employers from inquiring about criminal history on a job application or...more

Do I Really Have To Keep All These Employment Records?

We are frequently asked how long an employer should retain employment records. Employers need to keep them as long as they are required, but obviously don’t want to retain and store any records longer than they have to....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

New Jersey Social Media Privacy Law

Remember that on December 1, 2013, New Jersey’s social media privacy bill (A2878) becomes law. This law (detailed in the September 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority) bars employers from requiring or requesting that any...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

Senate Passes Bill Banning Workplace Discrimination based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Yesterday, by a vote of 64 to 32, the United States Senate passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban employers from firing, refusing to hire or discriminating against workers or job applicants based...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

The UNEMPLOYED – A Protected Category Coming To a Jurisdiction Near You

It is now illegal in New York City for employers to discriminate against job applicants based on their employment status. This June 2013 amendment to New York City’s Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) — a law already relished by...more

What Do an Application Process and a Suit Claiming Discrimination Have in Common?

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a lower court’s summary judgment decision, finding that an applicant who refused to complete an application without some guarantee that a particular individual would not...more

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