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Quinn signs law restricting use of credit history in employment

August 11th, 2010

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Employee Credit Privacy Act into law. The Act (H.B. 4658) prohibits Illinois employers from discriminating against job seekers or employees based on their credit history. Under the Act, employers in Illinois may not use a person’s credit history to make employment, recruiting, discharge or compensation decisions. The new law [Read more...]

Expert provides workplace safety quick tips in light of recent Connecticut shooting

August 10th, 2010

On August 3, nine people were killed in a shooting rampage at a beer distributor in Manchester, Connecticut. The suspected gunman shot eight people before killing himself. He was on his way to a disciplinary meeting with his employer when he began shooting.
This shooting serves as a reminder that employers need to take precautions to [Read more...]

Employers barred from seeking criminal background information on written job applications, in amendment to criminal background check statute

August 10th, 2010

Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a provision that amends the Massachusetts criminal offender records information system (CORI) to improve employment opportunities for former offenders, according to a statement issued by the Governor’s office. Under Senate Bill 2583, employers will be prohibited from requesting criminal offender record information on initial written application forms, except where [Read more...]

Governance provisions of Dodd-Frank Act mean new roles, responsibilities

August 9th, 2010

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act significantly modifies the roles and responsibilities of companies, boards of directors and shareholders, and requires companies to reexamine and refine their corporate governance practices, according to The Conference Board Governance Center.
“Regulators have increasingly intervened in the management and oversight of public companies embroiled in regulatory issues,” [Read more...]

EEOC warned Census Bureau of likely discrimination, complaint alleges

August 9th, 2010

New evidence in a federal lawsuit shows the US Census Bureau ignored a pointed, detailed warning by the EEOC that its screening process for hiring more than one million temporary census workers could result in massive racial and ethnic discrimination, according to the law firm representing plaintiffs in a putative class action discrimination suit against [Read more...]