New Legislation Prohibits CA Employers From Considering Job Applicants’ Criminal Histories Until After Making a Conditional Offer of Employment

On January 1, 2018, California will become the newest U.S. state to “Ban the Box” when a new law will prohibit most employers in the state that regularly employ five or more employees from (1) including on any application for employment, before the employer makes a conditional offer of employment to the applicant, any question that seeks the disclosure of an applicant’s conviction history, or (2) inquiring into or considering the

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New Year, New Employment Laws for California Employers

The California Legislature, local city councils, and other lawmakers have been busy over the last several months passing a number of laws that will impact the employment landscape.  Below is an overview of some of the key changes to be aware of as we head into 2017: 1.  New I-9 Form:  By January 21, 2017, employers must start using a new I-9 form prepared by the U.S.

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Employers Must Be Careful When Conducting Criminal Background Checks on California Employees

The Los Angeles Daily Journal published an article today written by Bernstein & Friedland, P.C. discussing the legal traps unwary employers can fall into when they run criminal background checks on their current and prospective employees.  Employers who do so without complying with the many federal and state laws that regulate conducting criminal background checks on California employees can be subject to substantial liability, not

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