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Background Checks

Effective background check procedures can help produce more informed hiring decisions and protect employees, customers and company assets, but recent developments have resulted in increased scrutiny of employers’ background check policies.

Overview

We have vast experience assisting employers with respect to the development, review and refinement of background check programs, as well as defending against legal and administrative challenges to background check policies and practices.

With a renowned team of accomplished employment litigators, along with attorneys who have testified before Congress and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in support of the appropriate use of criminal background checks in employment, we can assist employers with all of their background check-related needs, including:

  • Advice regarding whether it is appropriate to “ban-the-box” and forego asking about an applicant’s criminal history on an initial application and alternate means of inquiring into an applicant’s criminal record;
  • Guidance on whether a company’s background check procedures are subject to the requirements of the federal FCRA and/or state law and the company’s obligations under applicable laws;
  • Review and revision of forms required by state or federal fair credit reporting laws;
  • Developing and refining policies that help a company make reasoned disqualification decisions taking into account the EEOC’s guidelines and state law;
  • Defense of EEOC or state agency charges of discrimination at the initial stage with the goal of avoiding such charges evolving into class investigations;
  • Defense of EEOC or state agency systemic investigations relating to criminal or credit background practices;
  • Defense of individual or class-based lawsuits brought by the EEOC or private plaintiffs; and
  • Training for corporate human resources and security departments (and other management personnel) on preventive strategies to minimize liability for the use of background checks.

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April 27, 2017

Philadelphia Wage History Law Subject to Temporary Court Stay

April 27, 2017

Philadelphia’s Wage History Ordinance may not go into effect as scheduled on May 23, 2017. It is subject to a federal court stay pending resolution of a lawsuit for a preliminary injunction brought by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.    The Ordinance prohibits employers in Philadelphia from inquiring about... Read More

April 13, 2017

Business Group Challenges Constitutionality of Philadelphia Wage History Ordinance

April 13, 2017

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia is challenging the constitutionality of Philadelphia’s Wage History Ordinance in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. It also seeks a preliminary injunction of the Ordinance, which is scheduled to take effect on May 23, 2017. The Ordinance prohibits... Read More

April 6, 2017

New York City Council Approves Legislation Limiting Prospective Employers’ Ability to Obtain and Use Salary History Information

April 6, 2017

The New York City Council has approved legislation prohibiting employers from inquiring about, relying upon, and verifying a job applicant’s salary history. Advocates of the legislation (Int. 1253-A), approved on April 5, maintain that it will contribute to gender pay equity and reduce the likelihood that women will be prejudiced... Read More

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