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Texas and Indiana Introduce Legislation Intended To Curtail “Ban-the-Box” Laws

Texas and Indiana Curtail Ban-The-Box

Nationally, many cities and counties have adopted legislation designed to restrict the ability of employers to inquire about the criminal histories of candidates during the application process. The ordinances, known as “ban-the-box” laws, have garnered some pushback from lawmakers in two states — Indiana and Texas. The Indiana State Legislature recently passed Indiana Senate Bill … Continue reading Texas and Indiana Introduce Legislation Intended To Curtail “Ban-the-Box” Laws

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San Francisco Prohibits Employers From Inquiring About Salary History

Salary History

After two rounds of votes, the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco passed the Parity in Pay Ordinance, a mandate that would prevent employers from asking about a job candidate’s salary history. If signed into law by the mayor, the Parity in Pay Ordinance will take effect July 1, 2018, with attendant penalties … Continue reading San Francisco Prohibits Employers From Inquiring About Salary History

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New York Court of Appeals Clarifies Who’s Responsible for Discriminatory Hiring Based on Criminal History

Criminal History

Under the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL), employers are prohibited from discriminating based on criminal history, and any entities associated with employers that violate the NYSHRL can also be held liable, but only for aiding and abetting a violation of the law. This legal clarification comes as a result of the Court’s ruling in the … Continue reading New York Court of Appeals Clarifies Who’s Responsible for Discriminatory Hiring Based on Criminal History

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CA Business Owners Must Stop Factoring In Criminal Histories in Hiring Decisions

Criminal Histories in Hiring Decisions

Starting July 1, 2017, employers in California with five or more employees will be prohibited from considering criminal histories when making employment decisions. This ruling comes as part of a new set of regulations set forth by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)—regulations that also prohibit employment discrimination based on race, religion, … Continue reading CA Business Owners Must Stop Factoring In Criminal Histories in Hiring Decisions

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Marijuana legalization: Should you keep drug screening?

Drug Testing In The Workplace

With an increasing number of states legalizing recreational and medicinal marijuana, many employers are questioning the necessity for drug screening in the workplace. If you are one of those employers, consider the following: Marijuana use is still illegal from a federal perspective, and even if it becomes legal in the future, there are some valid … Continue reading Marijuana legalization: Should you keep drug screening?

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Is It Illegal to Ask for Salary History in Your State/City?

Salary History

Pittsburgh is the latest city to legally prohibit local employers from asking job candidates about salary histories. The ruling comes on the heels of several major cities and state governments making it illegal to inquire into past salaries during the employment process in an effort to close the gender pay gap. Massachusetts and New York … Continue reading Is It Illegal to Ask for Salary History in Your State/City?

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L.A. Employers Can No Longer Ask About Criminal Histories

Criminal History

On Jan. 22, 2017, the City of Los Angeles deemed it illegal for employers with 10 or more staff to inquire into candidates’ criminal history on job applications. Employers have been given a six-month grace period to comply; as of July 1st, penalties and fines kick in for non-compliant organizations, according to HR Watchdog, CalChamber’s … Continue reading L.A. Employers Can No Longer Ask About Criminal Histories

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Little League Requires Mandatory Criminal Background Checks for Volunteer Coaches

Little League

Little League International has announced mandatory criminal background checks for volunteer coaches. The mandatory background checks for volunteer coaches include nationwide search of sex offender registry data and other criminal records. This is for coaches and anyone involved in running the teams. “No local league shall permit any person to participate in any manner whose … Continue reading Little League Requires Mandatory Criminal Background Checks for Volunteer Coaches

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California Law: Recent Amendment Restricts Employers From Asking About Juvenile Criminal History

Juvenile Court

Effective January 1, 2017 employers will be restricted from asking about, seeking or using a California applicant/employee’s juvenile criminal history in the employment context. This is a recent amendment to California’s existing law which governed inquiries into juvenile criminal information. The summary points of the bill include: The law prohibits employers from Asking an applicant … Continue reading California Law: Recent Amendment Restricts Employers From Asking About Juvenile Criminal History

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San Antonio Joins Growing List of Cities Adopting ‘Ban the Box’

Ban the Box

‘Ban the Box’ is the name of an international campaign by civil rights groups and advocates for ex-offenders, aimed at persuading employers to remove from their hiring applications the check box that asks if applicants have a criminal record. Its purpose is to enable ex-offenders to display their qualifications in the hiring process before being … Continue reading San Antonio Joins Growing List of Cities Adopting ‘Ban the Box’

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