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Pre-Employment Criminal Background Checks: Learning from Pepsi’s $3,000,000 Mistake

On January 11, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that Pepsi Beverages agreed to pay $3.13 million and provide job offers and training to resolve a charge of race discrimination. This EEOC charge is a reminder that employers considering or presently using criminal background checks in hiring must tailor the program to meet  … Continue Reading

Proposed Michigan Legislation Would Restrict Use of Credit Reports in Employment Decisions

Connecticut recently joined five other states that restrict the use of credit report information in employment decisions. These five other states are Maryland, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.  Proposed Michigan Legislation  Michigan does not presently have similar legislation in place. But State Representative Jon M. Switalski is the primary sponsor of House Bill 4362 (PDF), which would create … Continue Reading

Can an Employer Reject a Job Applicant Based on a Previous Bankruptcy?

Employers commonly ask if it is legally permissible to use a job applicant’s prior bankruptcy filing in making hiring decisions. A recent court opinion out of the Third Circuit (the federal circuit that covers Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey) answers this question in favor of employers. But for employers in Michigan and outside of the jurisdiction … Continue Reading
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