Credit Check Law/Fair Chance Act

The goal of this workshop is to present an overview of recent amendments made to the New York City Human Rights Law regarding practices in employment.

The workshop reviews prohibitions and exemptions on the use of credit reports in making employment decisions. Topics covered include consumer and credit reports terminology, contents of credit reports and examples of discriminatory acts by employers based on reliance of credit history. Resources for employers and job seekers are explored.

The Fair Chance section of the workshop addresses protections for job seekers with criminal records and prohibitions for most employers, labor organizations and employment agencies to ask about criminal records before making a job offer. Also discussed in detail, are the procedures to follow under the law when employers wish to rescind a conditional employment offer. Exemptions under the law are reviewed.

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