Philadelphia partner David Woolf was quoted in a Business Insurance article titled “Conviction Inquiry Laws Stymie Firms.” “Ban the box” laws, as well as those regulating inquiries into criminal convictions generally, are quickly gaining traction at the state and local levels. The laws dictate when an employer or employment agency may ask an applicant about his or her criminal conviction history.

Dave discussed the criteria used to disqualify applicants who have criminal convictions, stating “That’s the area that’s getting more attention, and that’s the area that’s getting more litigation.” Though the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s guidance states that employers should determine whether a crime is “job-related and consistent with business necessity,” Dave noted that not all cases are so clear-cut. Potential consequences for violating these laws include fines and potential litigation.

Read “Conviction Inquiry Laws Stymie Firms.”

Source: Business Insurance
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