“Ban the Box” is in Effect: What Federal Contractors Need to Know About the Fair Chance Act

In December 2021, new regulations went into place for federal contractors under the federal Fair Chance Act (“FCA”).  The FCA prohibits covered contractors, either verbally or through a written background check request, from seeking “criminal history record information” from applicants for positions related to work related to a federal contract until after a conditional employment …read more »

Lessons in Labor: Takeaways from Recent Unionization Efforts Across the Country

Seemingly every day, there is a new headline regarding worker unionization. Since the summer of 2021, workers at over 200 Starbucks locations across the country have expressed interest in organization activity and have explored the possibility of unionization. In another recent example, in April 2022 Amazon workers voted to unionize a warehouse in Staten Island, …read more »

FAIR Game? What Employers Need to Know About the New Proposed Legislation Banning Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements

Many of our clients have implemented mandatory employment arbitration programs and believe that they are an efficient and effective way to resolve potential disputes, including putative class-action cases. For years, however, employees and their advocates have pushed to amend the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) to prohibit mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements. Previous proposed bills have failed …read more »