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California Governor Signs Ban the Box Law to Go Into Effect in the New Year

On October 14, 2017, the governor of California signed a statewide ban-the-box law that goes into effect on January 1, 2018. For California individuals, the law places statewide limitations on most pre-conditional offer...more

Worth Another Look: The Administrative Code

Pennsylvania has been without a completed state spending plan for the current fiscal year for more than three months now. While the General Appropriations bill became law on June 11, the legislature has still not reached a...more

California Governor Approves Three More Employment Laws: “Ban The Box”; Expansion of Sexual Harassment Training; and Contractors...

The deadline for California Governor Jerry Brown to sign new bills into law officially expired October 15, 2017. In addition to signing five bills last week, the Governor signed three more employment-related bills into law...more

With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

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The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

California Statewide Ban-the-Box Law Signed By Governor

by Littler on

On October 14, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008, which will add a section to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) containing new state-wide restrictions on an employer’s ability to make...more

Governor Brown Has Signed 'Ban the Box' Legislation Into Law For California - California Workplace Law Blog

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective January 1, 2018, California will be the next jurisdiction to implement statewide “ban the box” legislation. On October 14, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1008, which prohibits pre-offer...more

State-Wide BAN THE BOX Law No More Criminal Conviction Questions On Employment Applications

by Weintraub Tobin on

On October 14, 2017, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 (the “Fair Chance Act”). The new law puts in place some protections for those individuals with criminal backgrounds seeking employment. The new law will be...more

California “Bans the Box”: Pre-Offer Criminal Inquiries Generally Outlawed in the State

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 a “Ban the Box” law that significantly restricts an employer’s ability to seek or obtain information about a job applicant’s criminal history. ...more

California Passes State-Wide Ban-the-Box Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Legislature has just created yet another protected class of individuals entitled to sue employers under the Fair Employment and Housing Act....more

Court Holds that Receiving an Updated Background Report May Require a Second Pre-Adverse Action Notice

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In the last three years, employers have seen a sharp increase in the number of employment class actions under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Most of the reported cases involve challenges to the...more

Important Additions To NYC’s Fair Chance Act Limit Employers’ Ability To Perform Background Checks

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q: What do I need to know about the recent additions to New York City’s law about the use of criminal history in employment decisions? A: While the New York City Fair Chance Act (“FCA”) has been in effect since October...more

Will California “Ban The Box”?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The California Assembly has passed Assembly Bill 1008, which would affect employers’ abilities to make pre-hire and personnel decisions based on a person’s criminal history. Governor Jerry Brown has until October 15, 2017 to...more

Practices and Policies for Preventing Workplace Violence

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

On August 24, 2017, a former employee entered a popular downtown Charleston, South Carolina restaurant, killed the executive chef, and held a person hostage for several hours, before being shot and injured by the police,...more

Background Checks: Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

Employees – and unsuccessful applicants for employment – are increasingly asserting claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for violations arising out of background checks conducted by third party credit reporting...more

New York City Finalizes Rules to Interpret the Fair Chance Act

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On August 5, 2017, the final rules (“Final Rules”) interpreting New York City’s Fair Chance Act (“FCA”) took effect—nearly 18 months after the New York City Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”) published proposed rules...more

Background Checks: Fair Credit Reporting Act Compliance

Employees – and unsuccessful applicants for employment – are increasingly asserting claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for violations arising out of background checks conducted by third party credit reporting...more

Everything Else You Need to Know About New York City’s FCA—New Rules Effective August 5, 2017

New York City has issued new rules interpreting the city’s Fair Chance Act (FCA). These rules, which went into effect on August 5, 2017, provide clarification and guidance on how employers can comply with the requirements of...more

New York City Adopts New ‘Ban The Box’ Regulations, Continues Expansion Of Employee Rights

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Although New York City’s “ban the box” law, the Fair Chance Act (“FCA”), went into effect close to two years ago, the New York City Commission on Human Rights’ final regulations became effective on August 5, 2017. These...more

NYC Updates “Ban the Box” Law to Detail Per Se Violations and Procedures Employers Must Follow to Conduct Employment-Related...

On August 5, 2017, important updates to New York City’s Fair Chance Act went into effect. The Fair Chance Act (FCA), which regulates criminal background checks on employees and license holders, is the City’s version of a...more

New York City’s Fair Chance Act: Final Rules and Regulations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On August 5, 2017, the Final Rules and Regulations for the New York City Fair Chance Act (the “FCA”) go into effect. The FCA, which is enforced by the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the...more

Final Regulations Clarifying and Expanding New York City "Ban the Box" Law Take Effect on August 5, 2017

by Littler on

New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA), which took effect October 27, 2015, imposes affirmative obligations on covered employers and employment agencies regarding when they may conduct criminal background checks on job...more

Rules Interpreting NYC “Ban the Box” Law Take Effect on August 5, 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Earlier this year, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission,” or “NYCCHR”) promulgated a set of rules (the “Rules,” available here) relating to employers’ duties under the Fair Chance Act (the “FCA,” or...more

A Ban on Ban-the-Box Laws? Texas and Indiana Introduce Legislation That Would Prohibit Municipal and County Ban-the-Box Laws...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In recent years, numerous cities and counties have enacted ordinances restricting the ability of public and private employers to inquire into the criminal histories of applicants during various stages of...more

NYC Commission On Human Rights Finalizes Agency Rules And Regulations Regarding The Fair Chance Act

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As discussed in our prior alert in 2015, New York City enacted the Fair Chance Act (FCA), which, subject to limited exceptions, prohibits private employers from seeking information from job applicants regarding their past...more

Reminder: Effective July 1, 2017: California Regulations Limiting Use of Criminal Background Information

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Earlier this year, we issued a client Advisory concerning the California Fair Employment and Housing Council’s new regulations regarding the use of criminal history for employment purposes. The new regulations took effect...more

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