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Chicago Amends Human Rights Ordinance, Prohibits Military Status Discrimination

March 11, 2016

Effective March 16, employers in Chicago, IL are prohibited from discriminating against an individual who is a current or former member of the military.1 Previously, the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance...

Washington D.C. Ban the Box Law Results in Over 365 Investigations

February 24, 2016

In June 2014, the District of Columbia City Council passed the “Fair Criminal Record Screening Amendment Act” which is commonly referred to as a ban the box law. The Act, which went into effect De...

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Criminal History “Limited Access” Bill into Law

February 18, 2016

As announced on February 16, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 166 into law. In addition to other criminal justice reform measures, SB 166 allows for limited access of certain criminal...

FTC Announces Charges against Diploma Mill Operators

February 16, 2016

Diploma Mill: “A company that offers ‘degrees’ for a flat fee in a short amount of time and requires little to no course work.” Source: Federal Trade Commission. On February 10, the Federal Tr...

New York Attorney General Fines Two Retailers for Buffalo Ban the Box Ordinance Violations

February 08, 2016

On January 20, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced settlements with two national retailers for violations of the Buffalo, NY ban the box ordinance. One retailer is subject to a $100,...

Breaking News: US-EU Announce New Data Transfer Framework, the “EU-US Privacy Shield”

February 02, 2016

As announced on February 2, the European Commission and the United States reached an agreement on a new framework that will regulate cross-border data transfers. The new scheme – the EU-US Privacy S...

Pennsylvania Court Finds Criminal History Exclusions Unconstitutional

January 08, 2016

On December 30, 2015, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania determined that a provision in the state’s “Older Adults Protective Services Act” (the Act) was unconstitutional as it required a lif...

Washington Court Upholds Employee Termination for Medical Marijuana Use

December 29, 2015

On November 20, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington upheld an employer’s right to terminate an employee for medical marijuana use. (See Swaw v. Safeway, Inc., No. C1...

Philadelphia Amends Ban the Box Law, Imposes Strict Requirements onto Employers

December 28, 2015

Ban the box legislation continues to remain one of the hottest topics impacting employers across the country. On December 15, 2015, the Philadelphia City Council expanded its legislation creating one ...

Portland, OR Bans the Box Despite Newly Passed State Legislation

December 04, 2015

On November 25, the Portland City Council passed a ban the box law impacting private employers via Ordinance 187459 despite requests from some organizations to adopt more of a “wait and see” appro...

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