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EEOC background-check guidance attracts new scrutiny

Two years after a guidance warning employers against the overly-broad use of criminal background checks to screen potential new hires was issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is drawing renewed criticism from employers, business groups and lawmakers who say it is cumbersome at best and dangerous at worst.

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Justices to weigh power of U.S. magistrates

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the powers of life-tenured federal district judges can be exercised with the parties’ consent by bankruptcy judges or magistrate judges who aren’t confirmed by the Senate and don’t have life tenure.

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