If you have not heard about the “Ban the Box” movement, it is time to take notice. Ban the box refers to a check box present on many standard job applications, whereby an applicant is asked whether they have any prior criminal history. Plainly speaking, proponents of Ban the Box initiatives are seeking to eliminate this part of the application process to enable people with criminal convictions a fair chance at finding gainful employment. In less than a decade, 24 states – including California – have adopted some form of the ban, often for public employees. Nine states have banned the box for private employers, as well. In 2014, San Francisco enacted a ban for private employers, and just this past January, a similar initiative has gone into effect in Los Angeles. The Basics Article 9 was added to the Los Angeles Municipal Code on December 9, 2016, to take effect January 22, 2017. Its provisions apply to employers with ten or more employees. … [Read more...] about Prior Criminal History on Job Applications: Ban the Box – It’s Not Too Late!
Second job interview questions
As most employers know, it is unlawful to ask an employment or promotion candidate questions which reflect bias based on race, color, age, gender, religion, or any other protected status. For example, a candidate cannot be asked about their race, age/date of birth, religion, marital status, pregnancy, children, or plans for a family. Hiring decisions cannot be based on stereotypes or assumptions about a person’s protected status. Employers and all hiring managers should be aware of these restrictions before any interview takes place. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Prohibited Employment Policies/Practices guidelines provide that “[a]s a general rule, the information obtained and requested through the pre-employment process should be limited to those essential for determining if a person is qualified for the job; whereas, information regarding race, sex, national origin, age, and religion are irrelevant in such determinations.”A … [Read more...] about Limit Your Pre-Employment Inquiries to Job-Related Questions
Questions posed by a job candidate can be just as important as the interviewer’s questions.Don’t ask questions that can be answered by an Internet search, but do ask questions that demonstrate how you can fit into a law firm’s practice, according to a career advice column in Law.com.Save questions about quality of life and diversity for the second or third interview, according to the article by legal search consultants Valerie Fontaine and Roberta Kass. And save questions about compensation until a job offer is on the table.Fontaine and Kass list 30 possible questions. They include:• What kind of person does well here?• How is work assigned, and how are associates supervised and evaluated?• How soon will I get trial experience?• What does the firm expect in terms of business development?• How would you describe the culture of this firm?• Why did you choose this firm?• Do you have any reservations about hiring me? … [Read more...] about Job Seeker’s Questions Can Include Queries on Firm Culture, Expectations
The 25 lawyers at Saul Ewing who interview would-be associates are being trained to delve deeper into job candidates’ life decisions and how they handled obstacles.The aim is to learn how the job candidates would function at the law firm, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “The focus now is on critical junctures in a job candidate’s life—tough obstacles that had to be overcome or particularly satisfying accomplishments—and how they handled those situations,” the story says.Saul Ewing has created interview manuals that explain the approach and include sample interview questions. The firm is interviewing fewer associates, but spending more time on each interview as part of its behavioral approach.The interviewing technique has led to a diverse summer associate class for next year that includes students starting second careers and a mother with young children, the story says.Hiring partner Jason St. John explained the new approach to associate … [Read more...] about Saul Ewing Interviews Emphasize Critical Life Decisions
G: What is your very first memory of writing?K: My first memory of writing is actually having my writing torn apart by my mother.G: Really?K: I don’t know how old I was, in elementary school or junior high school. But my mother became a teacher. I guess I was in seventh grade when she went back to the classroom. But before that all her teacher qualities were focused on her kids. And she was a fine writer. She thought it was important that her children be as good writers as they could be. She spent a lot of time going over each sentence in any report that we wrote. That’s my first memory of writing: going over each sentence of anything I ever wrote in my early years of school with my mother.G: So do you think she taught you as much about writing as anyone?K: I suspect she did. I guess there are two people who taught me a tremendous amount about writing. One is my mother in my childhood years. The second was a college professor of mine. He was my thesis adviser—a man … [Read more...] about Full Transcript of Bryan A. Garner’s Interview with Elena Kagan
In the wake of so many lay-offs in the legal industry, I have seen attorneys of every practice, age, experience and gender struggle with creative ways to seek employment, develop dynamic opportunities or just reignite their level of professional connection and visibility. Invariably, but with great trepidation, in the course of our discussions, about career planning the topic of information interviews enters the conversation. As does the uncomfortable silence that follows. A silence that shouts “when? how? and what is an informational interview?”make a new connection with someone in your desired practice area (1 Point: Networking); find out if that person may be able to suggest someone else you should speak with or connect with (2 Points: Now you are really networking; making a memorable impression so that if something does open up you are on their mind (3 Points: networking and getting a toe in the door); or gently exploring whether there is an "internal … [Read more...] about Informational Interviews: PART I: What? When? How? Why? And Part II: Why Would Anyone Bother?
Last week, the Supreme Court decided a case that will affect how employers must handle potential religious accommodations. In the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, the Supreme Court determined that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prevents employers from taking action against an employee or applicant based upon their suspicion or belief that an employee or applicant may need a religious accommodation, regardless if the employer has actual knowledge of the need or not, so long as the employer's action was motivated by its belief.Samantha Elauf applied for a job at an Abercrombie store and wore a headscarf throughout her job interview. The store's assistant manager, Heather Cooke, interviewed Elauf and decided that although she was qualified for the position, her headscarf might violate the company's "Look Policy," which prohibited Abercrombie employees from wearing "caps" at work. The term "caps" was not defined by … [Read more...] about New Religious Accommodation Guidance: Supreme Court Takes Second Look at Abercrombie’s Look Policy
We began this interview series with the principal objective of curating insights from lawyers with disabilities who can serve as ‘waypavers’ and ‘pathmarkers’ for law students and young lawyers with disabilities, in India and beyond. It would be no exaggeration to state that few people fit that description better than our next interviewee, Senior Advocate Santosh Kumar Rungta. Blind since birth, SK Rungta has surmounted challenges most would consider insurmountable and has successfully defied, and continues to defy, what most would consider incredibly difficult odds. Senior Advocate Rungta’s accomplishments would be noteworthy even if he was merely a practicing lawyer – he was conferred with the prestigious senior advocate title by the Delhi High Court in 2011 – but what sets him apart is the fact that he has generously devoted his skills and energy to breaking down many barriers that have prevented the disabled from realizing their full … [Read more...] about IDAP Interview Series: Interview VIII With Senior Advocate SK Rungta
Justice K.T.Thomas was a judge of the Supreme Court of India from March 29, 1996 to January 30, 2002. His memoirs, Honeybees of Solomon: Memoirs of a Jurist, first published in 2008, has been republished recently, by Universal Law Publishing, an imprint of LexisNexis.In it, Justice Thomas, not only discusses his early influences in his life, but also traces his evolution from the bar to the bench. Justice Thomas also discusses the rationale of some of the landmark judgments, delivered by him, or by the bench which he was part of.Divided in 18 chapters, his memoirs is an important contribution to the autobiography of Indian Judges, about whom there is not enough literature, as most of them choose to be reticent, both during and after their judicial career. A budding lawyer would find several tips to become successful in the profession. A student of law would find several pages insightful to understand the development of law. A historian would find it a … [Read more...] about Interview: ‘There Is A Scramble To Be Elevated To The Supreme Court’, Says Justice K.T.Thomas, While Seeking Parity In Retirement Ages Of High Court And Supreme Court Judges
Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi (born 24 February 1959) is an eminent jurist, parliamentarian, visible media personality, well known columnist, author and commentator. He is the son of Dr. Laxmi Mall Singhvi, a renowned lawyer and India’s former High Commissioner to the UK and Kamla Singhvi. He is a Member of Parliament; the senior most National Spokesperson of the Congress Party; the youngest designated Senior Advocate, Supreme Court (at age 34); a former and youngest Additional Solicitor General of India (ASG) (at 37) and former elected Vice President, Supreme Court Bar Association. He is former Chairman of the AICC All India Law and Human Rights Department and former Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Law, Justice, Personnel & Grievances. He was formerly Vice Chairman of Congress’ Media Department.He obtained B.A.(Hons.), M.A., Ph.D., PIL educated at St. Stephen’s College, Trinity College, Cambridge and Harvard University . … [Read more...] about The time is ripe to try Phase One of foreign law firms under “controlled conditions”; Interview with Senior Supreme Court Lawyer ; Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi