California Upholds Employers’ Right to Use Credit Reports for Employment Decisions

Employers in the State of California are allowed to use credit reports in making employment-related decisions. A failed bill would have halted employers from being allowed to utilize credit reports, with only two exceptions: When the use is “substantially job-related”, meaning that the position being sought would give the applicant direct access to cash, assets,…

Duty of Employers When Rejecting Candidates Due to Background Screening Results

Duty of Employers When Rejecting Candidates Due to Background Screening Results When employers elect to utilize results of an employment background check in making a hiring decision, they must follow federal law to ensure they are not violating consumer protection rights. This is especially important when rejecting candidates due to background screening results. The Fair Credit…

Massachusetts Attorney General Fines Employers for Ban-the-Box Violations

Massachusetts Attorney General Fines Employers for Ban-the-Box Violations Attorney General Maura Healey is now enforcing the state of Massachusetts’ “Ban-the-Box” law, which prohibits employers in the state from inquiring about applicants’ previous criminal convictions on the employment application. The investigation of Ban-the-Box violations is aimed at more than 70 businesses from the Cambridge and Boston…