A new law (formerly A.B. 22) further limits how California employers can use credit reports to screen job applicants. Under the law, employers may only use credit reports to screen prospective employees in certain circumstances, such as for jobs in management or law enforcement, for example. Employers may also check credit history for those who have access to customer bank or credit card information or where a credit check is required by law.
An employer may be held liable for vehicular manslaughter committed by an employee after hours. An employee became intoxicated at a company party and then later, after he had returned home and then left again, crashed into another car, killing the driver. The parents of the victim may sue the employer because the employee was acting within the scope of his employment when he got drunk.