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Illinois Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Salary History Ban

Bucking the nationwide trend, Illinois was unable to pass a law prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. On November 9, 2017, the Illinois Senate failed to override Governor Rauner’s veto...more

California Law Restricts Employer’s Consideration of Job Applicants’ Criminal History

by Perkins Coie on

Governor Jerry Brown has signed A.B. 1008 which amends the California Labor Code effective January 1, 2018, to prohibit employers from considering or inquiring about “an applicant’s conviction history,” “arrests not followed...more

California Adopts State-Wide Restrictions on Criminal History Inquiries for Job Applicants

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed Assembly Bill No. 1008, which restricts how and when public and private employers can ask applicants about criminal history when applying for employment in California. The new restrictions...more

Employment Law Reporter November 2017: California’s New Ban the Box Law

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

Beginning January 1, 2018, Assembly Bill 1008 (AB 1008) will prohibit employers with five or more employees from inquiring about criminal history on an employment application or before making a conditional employment offer,...more

California “Ban-the-Box” Law Significantly Limits Employers’ Ability to Obtain and Use Information About Criminal Convictions in...

Just six months after California modified its regulations concerning past criminal convictions for applicants, California has taken the additional step of modifying the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) to expressly...more

California Federal Court Strikes Down FCRA Claim

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Earlier this month, in a case pending in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Home Depot avoided a class action suit under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The lawsuit accused the company of...more

NYC Ban on Salary History Inquiries

by Goodwin on

Effective October 31, 2017, under a new provision of the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), New York City employers may no longer inquire about an applicant’s salary history during the hiring process or rely upon his or...more

California Enacts “Ban the Box” Legislation

On Saturday, October 14, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 into law, which is set to take effect on January 1, 2018. Known as the “Ban the Box” legislation, in reference to the box applicants are...more

California Bans the Box: Employers Must Review and Update Background Screening Processes

by Bryan Cave on

Recently, on October 14, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1008 (“AB 1008”), which adds Government Code Section 12952 into state law. Among other things, this new provision makes it an unlawful employment...more

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

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

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

New York City Commission on Human Rights Publishes FAQ Guidance on NYC Salary History Law

On the heels of its recently issued fact sheets, the NYC Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) has published a frequently asked questions page on the New York City salary history inquiry law, which goes into effect on...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

EEOC Sues for Transgender Discrimination

by Ruder Ware on

Recent action by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has raised the specter of whether transgender persons are considered protected under the federal discrimination laws. The EEOC has sued a company in Denver that...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

Employees In California? If So, These Are The Employment Bills To Watch

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

With the flurry of action by California lawmakers in the final weeks of the legislative session, there are approximately 640 bills waiting for action by California Governor, Jerry Brown. Here is a list of legislation which...more

Hidden Hiring Landmine: Fair Credit Reporting Act Obligations

by Fisher Phillips on

Every year, an increasing number of states and localities clamp down on an employer’s ability to ask about applicants’ criminal histories (our update from earlier this year provides a good primer). The good news is that...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

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