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Dec 17 2019

Waterloo, Iowa: The First Iowa Jurisdiction to “Ban the Box”

The “ban the box” movement – featuring laws that often prevent employers from asking about a candidate’s criminal history early in the hiring process – continues to diffuse rapidly at state and local governments....

Dec 10 2019

Salary History Ban Coming to New Jersey

“Salary history bans” are increasingly being adopted by states and local jurisdictions, like an upcoming salary history ban in New York. We’re seeing the trend of salary history bands moving to New York’s neighbor...

Dec 05 2019

Unbiased Employment: Background Checks and the EEOC

As an employer that conducts background checks, you’re probably familiar with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) and know that there’s certain obligations you may have under it (as well as under its...

Nov 25 2019

One Background Report: One Permissible Purpose

What’s your reason for completing background checks? Is it to help you make educated hiring decisions? Or possibly for other business purposes? This distinction is essential because the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) includes...

Nov 18 2019

Improper Use? Macy’s Faces Allegations of Discrimination in Background Check Policies

When completing background checks, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and local consumer reporting laws is only one consideration for an employer. Employers should also keep anti-discrimination laws in mind. Macy’s, Inc. is currently facing...

Nov 06 2019

Ban the Box Debated in St. Louis, MO

The ban the box movement has been gaining steam, with many jurisdictions passing laws in recent years. We have previously touched on the ban the box laws in Colorado and Columbia, South Carolina, and...

Nov 01 2019

$54 Million Negligent Hiring Lawsuit Verdict Upheld

Avoiding risky hires takes more than just completing a background check to store in a candidate’s personnel file. It’s also essential to have policies and procedures in place with the help of trusted legal...

Oct 24 2019

Beyond “Ban the Box”: Salary History Ban Passed in New York State

At this point, you may be familiar with the recent trend of “ban the box” laws popping up throughout many states and cities. Typically enacted by state or local governments, these laws often prevent...

Oct 17 2019

The Ninth Circuit’s Take on Background Check Disclosures

The legal landscape surrounding background checks seems to be constantly changing. With the multitude of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) lawsuits filed recently, courts have had the opportunity to interpret many provisions of the...

Oct 08 2019

Consumer Reports & Investigative Consumer Reports: Separate Disclosures?

We’ve previously talked about one keystone obligation of employers under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), background check disclosures and authorizations. Before requesting a background check on an applicant, the employer has to share...

Oct 02 2019

City Laws Matter Too: Columbia, SC Enacts “Ban the Box”

Keeping track of the laws impacting the hiring process can be a challenge for any employer. In addition to federal regulations, like the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), state and even local laws can...

Sep 12 2019

Is Your FCRA Summary of Rights Document Up-to-Date?

As an employer that conducts background checks, you’re probably familiar with the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and know that there are certain obligations you may have under it (as well as under...

Sep 05 2019

Delta Airlines Settles FCRA Disclosure & Authorization Class Action Lawsuit for $2.3 Million

Employers should be wary of the increasing number of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) lawsuits brought against them. The FCRA is full of potential obligations for employers that obtain FCRA regulated background reports (called...

Sep 01 2019

“Ban the Box” Comes to Colorado

By now, you have likely heard of “Ban the Box” laws. Typically enacted by state or local governments, these laws often prevent employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal history early in the hiring...

Aug 31 2019

Form I-9 Update

Employers need to complete a Form I-9 for all newly hired employees to verify their identities and authorization to work in the United States. However, keeping track of all versions of the Form can...

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