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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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May 31, 2018

Connecticut Bans Inquiries into Applicants’ Wage and Salary History

May 31, 2018

Connecticut is the latest state to prohibit employers from asking prospective employees about past compensation. Effective January 1, 2019, employers may not ask (directly or through a third party) about a prospective employee’s wage and salary history unless the prospective employee volunteers the information. According to Governor... Read More

May 15, 2018

Vermont Bans Inquiries into Job Applicants’ Salary and Benefit History

May 15, 2018

Beginning July 1, 2018, employers in Vermont will be prohibited from requiring a prospective employee to disclose his or her salary and benefit history under legislation (H.B. 294) signed by Governor Phil Scott on May 11, 2018. The new law also bars employers from seeking an applicant’s salary history without his or her authorization... Read More

May 11, 2018

Georgia Targets Elder Abuse with Tough New Long-Term Care Background Check Law

May 11, 2018

A new Georgia law will require nursing home and other long-term care workers to submit to extensive background checks. The “Georgia Long-Term Care Background Check Program” will take effect on October 1, 2019. Georgia joins the majority of other states mandating enhanced satisfactory background check for care workers. The new law,... Read More

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