May 17, 2012

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Updated Guidance From the EEOC on Use of Criminal History

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued an updated “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions under Title VII” (Guidance). EEOC Guidance is not a federal law or regulation. However, it demonstrates the EEOC’s position on a particular issue and shows what the agency will be looking for when deciding to investigate an employment practice and whether to file charges.

Employers that use criminal background checks as a common employment practice and those with multiple hiring locations should review their job applications and policies and seek advice of legal counsel regarding how the Guidance may affect their operations.

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Here Comes the Sun! Prevent Heat Illness

As temperatures throughout the state begin to rise, employers with outdoor workplaces must remember their obligation to prevent heat illness.

California’s heat illness prevention regulations require employers to protect employees who work outdoors.

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