A new year is quickly approaching and so is the implementation of a new law restricting circumstances when Minnesota public and private employers can request information about a job applicant’s arrests and criminal convictions. This is happening across the country in a number of other states and is being called “ban the box,” in reference to

The school year is coming to an end and a new batch of graduates will be hitting the job market, looking for their first real job. The struggling economy has little to offer, and employers are not confident enough to add personnel until the economy improves a bit. The natural temptation for both employers and

Conducting criminal background checks is becoming routine in the hiring process of new employees. Many employers see them as one way to vette potential candidates, and reduce the pool of job applicants. Yet, automatically excluding a job applicant because of a criminal history may subject an employer to a disparate treatment claim brought by the EEOC.

Our Minnesota state legislature is currently considering adding a new protected class status to the age, race, gender, disability and other protected classes covered under both state and federal laws. The new protected class being considered is the unemployed.

A bill recognizing unemployed status as a protected class was introduced in the Minnesota Senate last month, and