The San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has now prohibited the widely used criminal history check box for employment applications. Unless the Mayor vetoes it, the “ban the box” ordinance will become law no later than Thursday, February 13, 2014. In addition to banning the box, the new San Francisco legislation imposes a host of additional

By:  Lizbeth V. West, Esq.

On June 10, 2013, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a new city ordinance called the “Job Assistance Bill.” The new ordinance applies to employers of all sizes, including temporary and staffing agencies.


Continue Reading Seattle Employers Beware: Use of Arrest and Conviction Records In Employment Decisions May Violate the City’s New Job Assistance Bill

By: Chuck Post and Lizbeth West

The EEOC issued its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq.” on April 25, 2012. (“EEOC Enforcement Guidance No. 915.002”.)


Continue Reading Arrest and Conviction History: As to Banks and Financial Institutions, Is the EEOC’s Guidance Built on An Erroneous Foundation?

By:  James Kachmar

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed AB1660 into law. Introduced by Assembly Member Nora Campos, AB1660 amends the Labor Code to require certain people working with minors in the entertainment industry to apply for a Child Performer Services permit and submit to a criminal background check. The bill also prohibits registered sex offenders from working with minors in the entertainment industry and imposes criminal sanctions for violation of its provisions.


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