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California Broadens Its Fair Pay Act (SB 358). Since 1949, California Labor Code § 1197.5 has prohibited employers from paying employees of one gender “less than employees of the opposite sex in the same establishment for...more

FINRA Members Subject to New Background Screening Rules

Last year, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a non-governmental organization that regulates member brokerage firms and exchange markets, approved proposed Rule 3110(e), which enhances the background...more

New Jersey Agency Issues Regulations on Statewide “Ban-the-Box” Law

As previously reported, on August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed “The Opportunity to Compete Act” – New Jersey’s so-called “ban-the-box” law – which restricts the ability of covered employers to inquire...more

Philadelphia Updates Its “Ban the Box” Law

On December 10, 2015, Philadelphia’s Mayor, Michael A. Nutter, signed an amendment to the city’s ban-the-box legislation (“Amendment”) that places increased restrictions on employers during the hiring process....more

Looking Forward to 2016

A new year is upon us, and it is shaping up to be a big one in terms of political and regulatory change. As the last year of the Obama presidency, there is a lot of pressure on the administration to leave a mark – including...more

New Jersey’s New “Ban the Box” Regulations – Not too Bad?

Over the past five years, many cities, counties, and states have passed so-called “ban the box” laws – a trend that HR Legalist has been following in prior blog posts. In their most basic form, these laws require employers to...more

New Year, New Laws: A Summary of Hot Button Employment Laws to Hit the Books in 2016

From coast to coast, as the calendar turned to 2016, a host of new employment laws became effective. States and local government are imposing broad obligations on employers well above what federal law requires. This patchwork...more

Happy New Year! What Will Employment Compliance Require in 2016?

They say the future tends to repeat the past. When it comes to employment compliance, this may be especially true. With the exception of the laws and regulations applicable to federal contractors, not much changed on the...more

OPM, Ban the Box and Background Checks

On December 15, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) published in the Federal Register a notice listing its priorities. Under “Suitability” on page 77883 of the Federal Register, OPM states that they will be “proposing...more

Oregon Limits Criminal Background Inquiries by Employers

Oregon became the seventh state to ban the box for private employers, prohibiting any questions about criminal background on employment applications and at any time before an initial interview takes place. Oregon’s law took...more

More Clarity on New Jersey’s Ban the Box Law: Department of Labor’s Final Regulations and Guidance, Effective Immediately

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued its final regulations, effective immediately on December 7, 2015, clarifying the requirements of the state-wide ban-the-box law, also known as the...more

New Jersey's Department of Labor Issues New Rules Regarding "Ban the Box"

On December 7, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (the “NJDOL”) promulgated a set of regulations to enforce and more specifically define the restrictions contained in the State's "Opportunity...more

Ban the Box 2.0: Philadelphia Upgrades Its Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance

On December 15, 2015, Philadelphia passed an upgrade of its “ban the box” law, the Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance. In 2011, Philadelphia led the pack by becoming the first U.S. city to pass an ordinance...more

Ban the Box Update Round Up: Portland, Philadelphia and New Jersey

The past several weeks have seen a flurry of “ban the box” developments, including: ..The passage of a law in Portland, Oregon banning the box for private employers; ..The passage of amendments expanding the ban the...more

Philadelphia Significantly Expands Its “Ban the Box” Ordinance

A growing number of jurisdictions around the country have enacted so-called “ban the box” laws, which limit employers’ ability to inquire about and/or consider applicants’ criminal records when making employment decision....more

New Year, New Rules for Employers Doing Business in New Jersey

This past year New Jersey state and local legislatures implemented several employment laws that are set to take effect at the end of 2015 or in early 2016. This update summarizes these new legal requirements to help New...more

New York City Joins a Growing Chorus of Cities and States that Believe in Second Chances: What Does the New “Ban the Box”...

The New York City Fair Chance Act (the “Act”) went into effect on October 27. With the Act in place, New York City is one of a growing number of cities and states to implement so-called “ban the box” legislation, which...more

Philadelphia Shows Brotherly Love for Ex-Felons Seeking Jobs

Quick quiz: Which of the following statements by an employer is illegal in Philadelphia? (A) I would never hire a vegetarian. (B) No ugly people will be hired here. (C) I hate dyed hair. If the carpet doesn’t match the...more

New York City ‘Ban the Box’ Law Restricts Employers’ Use of Criminal History

New York City has, in recent months, adopted legislation limiting the information that employers can seek out and use in employment decisions. The “Fair Chance Act,” which went into effect October 27, is the most recent of...more

Philadelphia Goes Beyond Ban the Box

On December 15, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed a bill amending Philadelphia’s “ban the box” law, formally titled the Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance, which was enacted in 2011. With these amendments,...more

New Jersey Adopts Ban-the-Box Regulations

On December 7, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (“DOL”) adopted regulations (“Regulations”) regarding the state’s Opportunity to Compete Act (“OTCA”), also referred to as New Jersey’s...more

Employers, Handle With Care: Philadelphia Gives Added Protections to Job Applicants with Criminal Histories

On December 15, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed off on several amendments to Philadelphia’s 2012 Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance. The 2012 Ordinance was enacted to prevent discrimination against job...more

Philadelphia Enacts Sweeping Changes to City’s Ban-the-Box Law

On December 15, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed far-reaching amendments to the city’s “Ban the Box” law, the Philadelphia Fair Criminal Records Screening Ordinance (“the Ordinance”). In enacting the amendments,...more

Mayor Nutter Signs Bill Strengthening “Ban the Box” Law

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter yesterday signed a bill amending the Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance. The original law, which went into effect on January 13, 2012, made it unlawful for organizations with 10 or...more

“Ban the Box” Packs More Punch in Philadelphia Under New Amendment

Since 2012, the Fair Criminal Screening Standards Ordinance has prohibited most employers within the city of Philadelphia from asking about criminal convictions on job application forms. Under revisions to the so-called “Ban...more

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