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Supreme Court Will Not Hear Ninth Circuit Decision Regarding Willful Violations of FCRA’s Disclosure Provision

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of one of 2017’s more significant Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) opinions, Syed v. M-I, LLC. (9th Cir. Jan. 20, 2017).  In Syed, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a background check disclosure which included a liability waiver violated the … Continue Reading

Ban On Employer Demands For Worker, Applicant Website Passwords–Maryland

The Maryland Senate recently referred Senate Bill 971 which prohibits Maryland employers from demanding that workers and job applicants turn over their passwords to specific websites or web-based accounts.  Under the bill, employers would be prohibited from refusing to hire applicants and disciplining, terminating, or taking other adverse employment action against employees who refuse to provide their … Continue Reading

Maryland Restricts Employer Use of Credit History Information

On April 12, 2011, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law S.B. 132/H.B. 87. Under this law, Maryland employers, except in limited circumstances, are prohibited from using an individual’s consumer credit history for hiring or other employment purposes.  Beginning October 1, 2011,  employers are prohibited from using credit report data to deny employment, discharge an employee, … Continue Reading

Florida, Michigan, and Montana Follow National Trend and Consider Banning the Use of Applicant Credit History Background Checks in Hiring Decisions

In the face of increasing unemployment, in March 2011, Florida, Michigan, and Montana joined the ranks of approximately fifteen other states that are considering bills limiting employers’ ability to use credit checks for employment purposes. Florida. Florida’s Senate Bill 1562, introduced on March 3, would prohibit employers from using an applicant’s personal credit history as … Continue Reading

State Law Developments for Credit and Criminal Background Checks

Recent state law developments will affect whether and to what extent certain employers can conduct credit and criminal background checks on employees and applicants. Employers, particularly multi-state employers, should be sure to review these new requirements and adjust their practices accordingly. Massachusetts The Commonwealth has changed how employers access and use criminal offender record information … Continue Reading
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