New York Labor And Employment Law Report

New York Labor And Employment Law Report

Tag Archives: Criminal Convictions

New York Court of Appeals Holds that Out-of-State Entities Can be Liable for Aiding and Abetting Discrimination Under the New York Human Rights Law

Posted in Employment Discrimination, New York Law
Out-of-state entities with the power to dictate a New York employer’s hiring and retention policies take notice:  you can be subject to liability under the New York Human Rights Law (“NYHRL”) if you “aid and abet” discrimination against individuals who have a prior criminal conviction, even if you are not the direct employer of those individuals. … Continue Reading

Albany County Enacts Legislation Prohibiting Inquiries into Criminal Convictions for County Employment

Posted in Background Checks
Following a national trend to “ban the box” on job applications, on February 13, 2017, the Albany County Legislature passed legislation prohibiting Albany County from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal conviction history until after the applicant receives a conditional offer of employment.  The new law, entitled the “Albany County Fair Chance Act,” also requires the… Continue Reading

Syracuse Common Council Passes “Ban the Box” Ordinance

Posted in Background Checks
On December 8, the Syracuse Common Council voted 8-1 to pass a “Ban the Box” ordinance.  If the ordinance is signed by the Mayor (or if the Mayor’s veto is overridden by the Common Council), the ordinance would prohibit the City of Syracuse and persons or entities that provide goods or services under contract with the City from… Continue Reading

The City of Rochester Adopts a “Ban the Box” Ordinance

Posted in Background Checks
The City of Rochester recently unanimously enacted a “Ban the Box” ordinance, which prohibits employers from asking applicants about criminal convictions at any time before the employer has conducted an initial employment interview or made a conditional offer of employment.  This new ordinance takes effect on November 18, 2014.  It applies to all public and… Continue Reading

City of Buffalo Passes “Ban the Box” Legislation

Posted in Background Checks
Recently, the City of Buffalo joined the “Ban the Box” club, enacting an ordinance amending Chapter 154 of the Code of the City of Buffalo to prohibit employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal convictions during the application process.  This means that employers are prohibited from including such inquiries on employment applications or asking questions about… Continue Reading