New Georgia Law Limits Employers Liability for Hiring Workers with a Criminal History

Effective July 1st, 2014, Senate Bill 365 takes effect.  This law protects employers from negligent hiring and retention claims by creating a presumption of due care, when the individual hired has received a “Program and Treatment Completion Certificate” from the Department of Corrections or a pardon from the State Board of Pardons and Parole. The…

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Mississippi is Anti-"Ban the Box"

Effective July 1st, 2014, Senate Bill 2689 takes effect. This law protects employers by prohibiting any law, ordinance, or rule that creates requirements, regulations, processes or prohibitions that in any way interfere with an  employers’ ability to become fully informed about the background of an employee or potential employee for the purpose of creating or maintaining…

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For National Employers: It May Be Time to “Ban the Box”

The completion of a job application is the first important step in the background check process. Employers use the application to collect basic information from an applicant to begin their evaluation of that individual for employment. One historically important question that has frequently appeared on job applications: “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?”…

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Your Release of Liability May Cause Liability

Class action plaintiff attorneys have had recent success in bringing lawsuits against high profile companies for alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirement that a job applicant receive a consumer report disclosure in a document that “consists solely of the disclosure”.   Many of these class action lawsuits surround the inclusion of “extraneous…

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