EEOC Lawsuit Alleging Discriminatory Background Screening is Dismissed

On August 9, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) ongoing lawsuit against Freeman Inc., a national marketing company, alleging discriminatory background screening was dismissed. The district court based its decision on: (1)…

New Jersey Borough Adds Background Checks to Door-to-Door License

A recent news story out of New Jersey, suggests that the borough of Madison—population of about 16,000—has increased its requirements for individuals who want to “solicit or peddle goods” by adding an amendment to the local code. Specifically,…

Background Checks with Fair Credit Report Act Compliance

The Fair Credit Report Act (FCRA) requires certain guidelines be met during background checks for employment. These guidelines were designed to protect privacy while helping employers find the right candidates for any job. A data acquisition…

Rhode Island Joins The Private Employer “Ban-The-Box” Trend

For the past couple of years we have been reporting about the increasing number of ban-the-box laws (prohibition of asking about criminal history on an employment application) spreading across the United States. It is now apparent that ban-thebox…

FCRA Compliance – Denying Employment Due to Background Checks

Many companies are using background checks before employment. The practive,while becoming the norm, is not problem free. There are many regulations that a company needs to be in compliance with when utilizing the checks as part of the screening…

Nevada Becomes The Tenth State To Prohibit The Use Of Credit Information

Nevada joins California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, Vermont and Washington in enacting legislation to restrict employer’s ability to use credit information for employment purposes. Several other states and the…

New Colorado Background Screening Law Coming July 1, 2013

According to data from 2012, 53 percent of employers did not use credit information on job candidates when making a hiring decision. Meanwhile, 80 percent of those that did use credit reports noted that they hired a candidate even when the…

Are Your Pre-Employment Hiring Procedures Legal?

Pre-employment screenings can save time and money by helping you identify the best candidates for your job openings. The results are improved hiring practices and reduced turnover. However, it’s critical that you comply with applicable…

Compliance and the Critical Difference between Arrest and Conviction Records

Arrest and conviction don’t always go hand-in-hand. When it comes to making decisions about employment actions such as hiring, firing, promotion, transfers, and demotions, it is critical to understand the difference and to act accordingly…

Strategy and Insights: How Should Employers Use Criminal History in Employment Now That The EEOC Has Issued Enforcement Guidance?

The federal government has approved new rules that might make it easier for convicted criminals and others in trouble with the law to find work, reports MSNBC. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) voted 4-1 to approve new rules…

EEOC Guidance On The Use Of Criminal Records In Employment Is Published

As I’m sure everyone is aware, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission just published a new guidance document on the use of arrest and conviction records in employment. I hope everyone was able to attend the webinar held by our law firm…

New Regulations Require Use Of E-Verify

Supporters of tougher immigration laws are applauding the implementation of new laws that place stricter hiring rules on employers. In states like Alabama, the latest legislation will significantly affect employment in the construction industry.…