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Archive for March, 2021

Philadelphia Revises Background Check Law

  Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards (FCRSS) became effective in 2016.  The ordinance bans all employers in the city from inquiring into a candidate’s criminal history and requesting a criminal background check until a conditional offer of employment is made. Employers cannot reject a candidate based on a criminal record unless the conviction “bears such relationship […]

Recent Changes to N.Y. Fair Chance Act

  In 2019, The Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act was enacted as part of the federal “ban the box” policy. According to the National Employment Law Project (Nelp), one in three adults have a criminal record. With the law in effect, 700,000 new applicants with records are estimated to have a fairer chance […]

Compliance Alert for Illinois Employers

  On March 23, 2021, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act (“IHRA”) that are effective immediately and that will impose significant compliance burdens on Illinois employers who conduct criminal background checks of applicants and employees. The new law limits the extent to which employers can use criminal convictions in hiring and […]

Attention Recruiters: Be More Like Morpheus

  According to Wikipedia, The Matrix is a 1999 American science fiction action film starrring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, and Joe Pantoliano. It depicts a dystopian future in which humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality, the Matrix, created by intelligent machines to distract humans while using their bodies as an energy source.  When computer programmer Thomas Anderson, under the hacker alias […]


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