Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Employers Beware: EEOC Limits Use of Criminal Records

On April 25, 2012, the EEOC issued updated Enforcement Guidance on employers’ use of criminal background checks to screen applicants. Citing statistics showing that blanket prohibitions on hiring those with criminal records have a disproportionate impact on minorities, the EEOC expanded the circumstances where a criminal background check policy or practice may run afoul of Title VII – creating greater risk of liability for employers.

Facebook "Likes" May Not Earn NLRA Protection

In late April of 2012, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ruled on a case involving claims of retaliation brought by two former deputies against the Sheriff of the City of Hampton, Va. (the Bland v. Roberts opinion can be found here). The deputies alleged that their First Amendment rights were violated and they were unlawfully retaliated against when they were terminated for supporting the Sheriff’s opponent in a recent election. Each former deputy claimed to have made protected “statements” on the opponent’s Facebook page.

No Cost Webinar: "Social Media in The Work Place" on June 6, 2012

Hope B. Eastman, James R. Hammerschmidt and Ethan L. Don of Paley Rothman's Employment Law practice group will be hosting a no-cost webinar on “Social Media in the Workplace” on Wednesday, June 6 from 1:00pm to 1:45pm. Reserve your webinar seat today