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LA VOTES TO BAN THE BOX AND THEN SOME – UPDATE

On January 22, 2017, Los Angeles is set become the latest city to “ban the box,” restricting private employers with at least ten employees from asking applicants to disclose their criminal histories prior to an offer of employment. The Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO), adopted last month by LA City Council, will be one of the most restrictive for private employers, going beyond measures set in other parts of the country, including... Read More

LA Votes to Ban the Box

On November 30, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-1 to approve an ordinance which prohibits LA employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal record until a conditional job offer has been made. This ordinance adheres to the nationwide “Ban the Box” movement which calls for the removal of check boxes or questions on job forms that ask a person to disclose their criminal history.  The goal of this movement is aimed at giving formerly... Read More

Uber Enacts “Selfie Identification”

On September 23rd, Uber announced a new policy that will require its drivers to take periodic selfies to prove their identity before they can accept a ride request. Using technology from Microsoft’s Cognitive Services, the new feature, called “Real-Time ID Check”, will help to ensure that the driver using the app is the same person Uber has on file. The goal behind Uber’s new policy is not only to “prevent fraud and protect driver accounts”,... Read More

Telecommuting and Overtime – What You Need to Know

“In today’s ever-increasing digital world, more employers than ever are turning to telecommuting to help reduce overheard and increase morale of employees. Importantly, however, state and federal laws apply equally to employers and employees, regardless of whether they work on-site or remotely. Among the most common issues and missteps which affect employers with telecommuting employees are wage and hour laws and, more specifically, overtime... Read More

ILLINOIS PASSES “BAN THE BOX” ACT

“This past Monday, July 21, 2014, Illinois joined Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island as the fifth State to enact a so called “ban the box” law.  Signed by the Governor, the law will take effect on January 1, 2015. Called the Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act, the law prohibits private sector employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal record or history until after the employer has scheduled an interview.... Read More

TEXAS SUES THE EEOC OVER ITS CRIMINAL BACKGROUND GUIDANCE

“For the second time in less than six months, the EEOC finds itself on the wrong side of a lawsuit.  On November 4, 2013, the State of Texas sued the EEOC in the Northern District of Texas seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the EEOC for issuing its 2012 arrest and conviction guidance (the “2012 Guidance”). In short, the Texas complaint argues that the EEOC did not have the authority to issue this  rule (described in detail... Read More

THE FIRST SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

Have you ever wondered who the first person was to ever possess a Social Security Number?  You’re not alone and that is why we found him! John David Sweeney, Jr, according to the Social Security Administration, was issued the first official Social Security Number (SSN) on December 1, 1936. Batches of SSN records containing 1,000 cards each were prepared and processed as Master SSN Files. When the first batch was ready, Joe Fay, the head of the... Read More