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Background Checks? That is the Question

Has your company decided yet whether it will conduct criminal background or credit checks? If you are already using that tool as part of your job screening process, are you keeping up with legal developments in every city,...more

Oregon Tightens Restrictions on Noncompetition Agreements

Oregon strictly regulates the use of noncompetition agreements by statute, generally limiting them to (a) exempt employees earning more than the median income for a family of four (approximately $74,000 currently), and (b)...more

What Employers Need to Know about Religious Discrimination after EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch

It’s rather fitting that the Supreme Court’s decision in EEOC v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores turns on the idea of one’s belief; it is, after all, a decision about religious discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights...more

NYC “Ban the Box” Bill Heads to Mayor’s Desk

On June 10th, by a 45-5 vote, the New York City Council passed a bill (Int. No. 318) to amend the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) to further restrict employers from inquiring into or otherwise considering an...more

New York City Moves to “Ban the Box” on Criminal Background Checks in Job Applications

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council passed the Fair Chance Act (Intro No. 318-A, 2014) by a vote of 45-to-5. The legislation prevents employers from inquiring about job applicants’ criminal arrests and convictions...more

New York City Is One Step Closer To Banning The Box Giving Job Applicants a “Fair Chance” at Employment

On June 10, 2015, the New York City Council approved a “Ban the Box” law that prohibits private employers from inquiring about applicants’ past criminal convictions until the point of a job offer. Although New York State...more

From Hiring to Firing: A Basic Guide To The Japanese Employment Law Life Cycle

Hiring: As a general rule, employers in Japan can freely determine the person they would like to hire as an employee, provided that discrimination on the basis of certain protected categories is not permitted. Employees...more

Is That Job Right For You Or Are You Right For That Job?

Jobs are becoming more plentiful in our recovering economy. Potential employees may have the luxury of selecting between alternate jobs or may pass on a job with the expectation that a better one will come next. People may no...more

Trouble in the Magic Kingdom: Disney Finds Itself the Villain in This Fairytale

Disney is known for its fairytales and happy endings. Usually its adorable characters and feel-good plots earn it wide acclaim. But recently, a California judge agreed with the plaintiff, in Roger L. Culberson II v. The Walt...more

City of Columbia Is First in Missouri to Approve “Ban the Box” Legislation

In keeping with the “ban the box” legislative trend, the Columbia City Council unanimously passed a “ban the box” ordinance on December 1, 2014. The ordinance, which went into effect immediately, prohibits public and private...more

The NLRB Holds That Certain Activity on Facebook is Not Protected

The exact limits of employee protected speech on social media are still finding definition, but a recent National Labor Relations Board decision identifies at least one limit: premeditated insubordination. In Richmond...more

BNSF Railway Sued by EEOC for Disability Discrimination

Company Rescinds Offer Due to Applicant's Prior Back Injury, Federal Agency Charges - SEATTLE - Texas-based BNSF Railway Co. violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by withdrawing a job offer to a...more

U.S. Steel Subsidiary Sued By EEOC for Religious Discrimination and Retaliation

Manufacturing Company Revoked Job Offer and Refused to Accommodate Applicant Whose Religious Beliefs Prohibited Hair from Being Cut From His Scalp, Agency Says - HOUSTON -- U.S. Steel Tubular Products, Inc., a...more

EEOC Sues Savi Technology for Pregnancy Discrimination

Company Rescinded Job Offer to Applicant for Human Resources Director Position Less than One Day after Learning She Had Recently Given Birth, Federal Agency Says - ALEXANDRIA, VA - Alexandria, Virginia-based Savi...more

Employee Suing Based on Withdrawn Job Offer Must Prove Disabled Status

Once a conditional offer of employment is given, the Americans with Disabilities Act permits employers to require a pre-hire medical exam as a final condition of employment. If the exam reveals medical issues that would...more

Morris Meadows: Judge Declines Job Offer and Workers Were Employees

In Morris Meadows Country Holidays and Seminars Ltd. v. M.N.R. (2014 TCC 191), the Tax Court considered whether certain workers were employees or independent contractors....more

The Roundup: This Week’s Recommended Reading

Welcome to The Roundup for the week ending February 28. We have lots of thought-provoking pieces to share this week. From Around the Web - - What is Google Authorship? (And Why Should You Care?): If you’re...more

Preventing A Messy "Failed Exemption" Lawsuit

(Labor Letter, February 2014) - In recent years employers have become all too familiar with lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). According to the Administrative Office of the...more

OFCCP Sets Rules to Aid Disabled and Veterans

In August 2013, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) adopted new rules intended to improve job opportunities for protected veterans and persons with disabilities....more

Weathering the Sea Change in Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation in 2014

In 2013, the ballooning number of employment class actions illuminated the sea change in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation. The FCRA was enacted in 1970 during President Nixon's administration, and is hardly in its...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

Illinois Supreme Court Declines To Review Fifield, Leaving Illinois Employers With Questions About The Enforceability Of...

On June 24, 2013, in Fifield v Premier, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District ruled that an offer of at-will employment is not adequate consideration to support a restrictive covenant agreement (i.e.,...more

Construction Contractor Settles Sex Harassment Allegations With OFCCP

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced this week that a federal construction contractor providing environmental remediation and restoration services has settled allegations of sexual harassment,...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court enforces covenant not-to-compete executed weeks after employee signed offer letter –– despite absence...

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that an employee’s covenant not-to-compete, agreed-to nearly a month after the employee returned a signed offer letter, is enforceable without the provision of new consideration....more

Is an Offer Letter the Whole Show or Just a Preview of Coming Attractions?

If an employer has the foresight to address all meaningful terms of the employment relationship in offer letters to candidates, the employer may be satisfied to rely on those offer letters as binding contracts. But most of...more

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