NYC seeks to ban criminal background checks for landlords

Councilman Steven T. Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights) introduced Intro. 2047-2020, a sweeping proposal that, according to the official summary, “would prohibit housing discrimination in rentals, leases, subleases, or occupancy agreements in New York City, on the basis of arrest or criminal record. Landlords and real estate brokers would be prohibited from inquiring about criminal record information… Continue reading NYC seeks to ban criminal background checks for landlords

New York City’s Law on Credit is Making New News

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has a lot of new information on its website on the use of credit for employment.  There is a page called you are more than your credit score, which has further links to Legal Enforcement Guidance on the Stop Credit Discrimination in Employment Act, N.Y.C. Admin. Code… Continue reading New York City’s Law on Credit is Making New News

City’s New Credit Check Law Is Unnecessary

Katharine Parker, Daniel Saperstein and Kelly Anne Targett of Proskauer Rose, wrote an op-ed in the Aug. 13 edition of the New York Law Journal, City’s New Credit Check Law is Unnecessary.  The piece highlights how the New York city council missed a golden opportunity to pass a law that worked and protected both business… Continue reading City’s New Credit Check Law Is Unnecessary

Oh, the Irony: Insider Theft Hurts NYC Small Business; Yet Credit Checks Banned in the City

Just a week after the New York City Council passed an ordinance nearly prohibiting all credit background checks in the city, we picked up two New York Post stories of insider employment theft from two small businesses.  While the stories do not say whether the employers conducted credit background checks of the alleged thieves, it… Continue reading Oh, the Irony: Insider Theft Hurts NYC Small Business; Yet Credit Checks Banned in the City

NYC Council Continues to Debate Credit Check Bill

We have reported before about legislation pending before the New York City Council to largely ban the use of credit checks for employment.  Given the widespread support for the bill on the council, there is still what the New York Times calls, a Bumpy Road for Bill to Ban Credit Checks for Job Applicants.

NYC Hearing on Credit Checks

In early-2014, the bill to largely ban the use of credit histories for employment was reintroduced in the New York City Council. The measure, Int. 261-2014, is once again authored by Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope). The bill was heard in the City Council’s Committee on Civil Rights on Sept. 12. CDIA testified in person… Continue reading NYC Hearing on Credit Checks