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Background Checks Are a Good Idea, but Be Careful What You Wish or

by Fisher Phillips on

Virtually every thoughtful employer wants to hire the very best employees they can find. And why not? Good workers produce better products, provide better service, give maximum effort, learn and adopt the company’s best...more

It's Not Just a Box: Understanding How "Ban-the-Box" Laws Go Beyond Your Employment Application

by Littler on

In 1998, Hawaii became the first state to “ban the box,” prohibiting private employers from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal history until the employer has made a conditional offer. It was not for another 12 years...more

You May Have a Failure to Communicate — State Notice Requirements Are Plentiful

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Your company probably makes written offers of employment. After all, it makes good sense — it confirms basics about the job, such as the position being offered and pay rate. For the applicant, it makes clear the terms of the...more

UPDATE: The City of Los Angeles Adopts "Ban the Box," Prohibiting Criminal Conviction Inquiry Prior to Job Offer

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (the “Ordinance”) imposes a host of new unlawful hiring practices upon private employers regarding inquiries into criminal convictions. Chief among them, an...more

“Ban the Box” Has Arrived in the City of Los Angeles—Are You in Compliance?

Is your organization located in or doing business in the City of Los Angeles? Does your organization have 10 or more employees who spend time working there? If yes to both, it is time to take a look at your employment...more

Fenwick Employment Brief

by Fenwick & West LLP on

California Legislative Update - In the latter half of 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed numerous bills into law. Below is a summary of those laws that will affect California employers in 2017 and...more

The City of Los Angeles Adopts “Ban the Box,” Prohibiting Criminal Conviction Inquiry Prior to Job Offer

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective July 1, 2017, the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (the “Ordinance”) imposes a host of new unlawful hiring practices upon private employers regarding inquiries into criminal...more

City of Los Angeles Mayor to Sign Long-Awaited and Onerous “Ban the Box” Law

by Littler on

In the next week, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is expected to sign the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Initiative), which will prohibit most private sector employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal...more

Criminal Background Checks: Banning the Box in Los Angeles

by Lewitt Hackman on

Los Angeles City is on its way to approve a new Ordinance prohibiting employers with 10 or more employees from including on any application for employment any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s criminal...more

FTC Releases New Guidance on FCRA Compliance for Employment Background Screening Companies

by MoFo Reenforcement on

The FTC has released new guidance aimed at helping companies that conduct background screenings for employment purposes to determine whether they are “consumer reporting agencies” within the meaning of the federal FCRA....more

FTC Publication for Background Screeners

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just issued guidance for companies providing employment screening services. According to the FTC, they have “created new guidance for businesses aimed at giving employment background...more

Reminder for NYC Employers: Ban on Criminal Background Checks Takes Effect October 27, 2015

by Reed Smith on

Less than two months after the effective date of a new law barring employers’ use of credit checks, another new law restricting the pre-employment process takes effect in New York City today, October 27, 2015 (the Fair Chance...more

Best Practices for Complying with the New York City Fair Chance Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Given the imminent effective date of New York City’s Fair Chance Act, employers may be wondering what they need to do to comply with the law. As many employers are aware, effective October 27, 2015, the Fair Chance Act...more

Background Screening – When is Section 603(y) Applicable?

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

When a company uses commercial background checks to evaluate the suitability of job applicants, they must comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which regulates the collection, dissemination, and use of consumer...more

NYCCHR Publishes Pre-Adverse Action Form

New York City’s new Fair Chance Act goes into effect this Tuesday (October 27, 2015). As discussed in our prior posts, New York employers have long been required – prior to taking adverse action on the basis of an...more

Employment Law - October 2015

FTC Offers Employers Lesson in FCRA Compliance—And Limited Exceptions - Why it matters: A California employer recently received a lesson in Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) compliance from the Federal Trade...more

Employment Alert (US): Employers Beware: New York City’s New “Ban-the-Box” Law Takes Effect This October

by DLA Piper on

An increasing number of jurisdictions across the country have adopted legislation in recent years restricting a prospective employer’s ability to run a criminal background check. Colloquially known as “ban the box,” the...more

NYCCHR Issues Guidance on Credit Check Law

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) has just issued guidance in respect of the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act (the “SCDEA”), which goes into effect September 3, 2015 and modified the...more

FCRA Tip: Keep Hands On

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

A federal trial court will conduct a trial on a Fair Credit Reporting Act claim because the employer streamlined its background check system. In this case, a bank used a third party service provider to conduct background...more

Notice versus Strict Procedures – Section 613

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Section 613 of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires that consumer reporting agencies (CRAs), when reporting a consumer report for employment purposes which contains public record information, which are likely have an...more

Background Checks? That is the Question

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

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

Employers & The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Has Sweet v. LinkedIn Signaled the Next Wave of Social Media Driven Change?

Most employers are at least generally familiar with the The Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”). FCRA protects consumers whose information is disclosed by consumer reporting agencies. In the employment context, FCRA regulates...more

Seattle City Council Passes Ordinance Restricting Use Of Criminal Background Checks

by Perkins Coie on

On June 10, 2013, the Seattle City Council unanimously approved the “Job Assistance Bill,” which restricts when and how employers may seek and use criminal background information....more

Despite Continuing Grace Period, Employers Should Switch To New Fair Credit Reporting Act Notices Now

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Congress transferred rule-making authority for the relevant portions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to the...more

New Year, New FCRA Forms

by Butler Snow LLP on

Do you use a third party service to conduct background checks on job applicants or employees? If yes, then you should take note of new forms which employers are required to use for this purpose, effective January 1, 2013. ...more

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