Tag Archives: Pennsylvania

Winter Storm Stella Closes Courts in Northeast Due to Blizzard Warnings

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Winter Storm Stella, which The Weather Channel reports is “hammering the Northeast with heavy snow, intensifying winds, even some accumulating ice,” and led to blizzard warnings in parts of nine states from Pennsylvania to Maine, has also caused many court closures in the areas affected by the massive storm. Continue reading

Philadelphia Wage Equity Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed Bill No. 160840, a Wage Equity Law that prohibits employers from inquiring about the salary history of job applicants. A copy of the law – which is slated to take effect May 23, 2017 – is at www.esrcheck.com/file/Philadelphia-Wage-Equity-Law.pdf. Continue reading

New Philadelphia Law Prohibits Employers from Using Credit Information of Employees and Job Applicants

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Philadelphia (PA) Ordinance No. 160072 that took effect on July 7, 2016, amends Chapter 9-1100 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Practices Ordinance: Protections Against Unlawful Discrimination,” by adding a section that prohibits employers from obtaining or using credit information regarding employees and job applicants in certain circumstances. Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Claims SEPTA Violated FCRA and State Laws with Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A class action lawsuit filed in a federal court in Philadelphia claims that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) “willfully” violated the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and state laws when conducting criminal background checks on job applicants, according to a press release from Outten & Golden LLP and a coalition of legal advocates. Continue reading

Updated Philadelphia Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect March 14

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

An update to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ban the Box legislation signed into law by Mayor Michael A. Nutter – Bill No. 150815 – An Ordinance Amending Chapter 9-3500 of The Philadelphia Code entitled “Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards” – will take effect on Monday, March 14, 2016, and help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the City, according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor. Continue reading

Philadelphia Updates Ban the Box Ordinance to Strengthen Anti-Discrimination Protections for Ex-Offenders

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Mayor Michael A. Nutter has signed an update to the Ban the Box legislation known as the Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance and an Executive Order on background checks for City employment to help strengthen anti-discrimination protections for ex-offenders seeking employment in the “City of Brotherly Love,” according to a press release from the Office of the Mayor. Continue reading

New Pennsylvania Law Clarifies Background Check Clearances

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 1276 to help clarify the state’s new law regarding background check clearances for employees and volunteers who have direct and routine contact with children. A copy of Pennsylvania HB 1276, which takes effect immediately, is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/PennsylvaniaHouseBill1276.pdf. Continue reading

Court Rules in Favor of Employer Withdrawing Job Offer after Applicant Lied

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania has ruled in favor of an employer who withdrew a job offer after finding discrepancies between the criminal history found on a background check of a job applicant and criminal history information reported to the employer by that applicant. The summary judgment is available at http://www.esrcheck.com/file/McCorkle-v-Scheinker.pdf. Continue reading