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Cook County, Illinois Enacts Prohibition on Credit Checks

June 02, 2015

Effective immediately, most employers in Cook County, Illinois may no longer consider an individual’s credit history as part of an employment decision. This prohibition resulted from the recent pass...

New York City Approves Employment Discrimination Testing Program

May 07, 2015

In an effort to strengthen the Human Rights Commission and bolster accountability, New York City Mayor de Blasio recently signed into law two separate bills – Int 421 and Int 690-A. Int 421 amended...

New York City Passes Expansive Ban on Credit Checks

April 24, 2015

On April 16, the New York City Council passed the “Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act.” The bill is currently awaiting Mayor de Blasio’s signature. Once signed, the bill will become ef...

Virginia Passes Social Media Law

April 09, 2015

Effective July 1, 2015, H 2081 will prohibit employers from requiring job applicants and employees from providing social media account usernames and passwords. H 2081 also prohibits employers from req...

Portland City Council Schedules Ban the Box Ordinance Hearing

March 24, 2015

On Wednesday, March 25, the Portland City Council will discuss a proposed ban the box Ordinance per a request from Portland Mayor Hales. The proposed Ordinance contains language that, if passed, will ...

Fourth Circuit Denies EEOC’s Appeal, Cites “Disappointing Litigation Conduct”

February 23, 2015

Over the last several years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has investigated the use of credit and criminal history information by employers in hiring decisions analyzing whether t...

Hong Kong Office of the Privacy Commissioner Publishes Cross-Border Transfer Guidance

February 19, 2015

As announced on December 29, 2014, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data (PCPD) published the Guidance on Personal Data Protection in Cross-Border Data Transfer. The Guidance analyz...

Federal Trade Commission Announces Closure of Diploma Mills

February 06, 2015

On January 29, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that the owners of two Florida-based diploma mills have been permanently banned from marketing and selling academic degrees. This follows th...

Hawaii Case Examines Criminal History Rational Relationship Requirements

February 02, 2015

On January 16, the Hawaii Supreme Court issued an opinion that should capture the attention of employers hiring in that state. The Law Before diving deeper into the case, it is important to understand...

VERA Institute of Justice Issues State Activity Report

January 23, 2015

In December 2014, the VERA Institute of Justice’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections issued a report titled, “Relief in Sight? States Rethink the Collateral Consequences of Criminal Conviction, ...

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