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Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -
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New Jersey enacts “Ban-the-Box” law, limiting inquiries about criminal history during first phase of hiring process

New Jersey has enacted a law prohibiting employers with 15 or more employees from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until after a first interview, unless the employee voluntarily discloses criminal history...more

"Ban the Box" Legislation Signed into Law in New Jersey

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey joined the growing number of jurisdictions banning the box on job applications that require job applicants to disclose criminal history information. This new legislation, the Opportunity to...more

New Jersey Adopts “Ban the Box” Law

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey joined a growing number of “ban the box” states when Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act. The Act, which goes into effect on March 1, 2015, precludes public...more

New Jersey’s ‘Ban the Box’ Law Signed by Governor Christie

The Opportunity to Compete Act, which seeks to help individuals with criminal histories reintegrate into the workplace, was recently signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The “ban the box” law will prohibit most New...more

DC Bans the Box

Criminal defendants face a wide range of consequences for their alleged actions. The high emotional and financial cost of defending a case may pale in comparison to the personal toll resulting from a conviction and the...more

New Jersey “Bans the Box” Statewide

New Jersey joins the ranks of states that prohibit certain criminal history inquiries during the hiring process. New Jersey’s Opportunity to Compete Act (OTCA), signed into law on August 11, is the latest among a...more

New Jersey Joins the 'Ban the Box' Movement

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act (Act) which prohibits private and public employers that employ 15 or more employees from inquiring about an applicant’s...more

New Jersey Enacts “Ban the Box” Law Restricting New Jersey Employers from Inquiring into Criminal History of Job Applicants

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the Opportunity to Compete Act which restricts New Jersey employers from seeking information regarding a job applicant’s criminal history. Under the Act, covered...more

“Ban the Box” Legislation Expands Across the Country

There is a growing national movement to “Ban the Box” – i.e., to prohibit questions about a job applicant’s criminal history on employment applications. Currently, “Ban the Box” laws are primarily targeted at public...more

New Jersey Becomes Latest State to “Ban the Box”

On August 11, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed into law the Opportunity to Compete Act, New Jersey’s version of “ban the box.” When the law takes effect on March 1, 2015, companies who employ 15 or more employees will be...more

New Jersey Bans the Box for Private Employers

Governor Christie has signed The Opportunity to Compete Act, which takes effect March 1, 2015 and prevents many private employers in the State of New Jersey from asking prospective employees about their criminal history on...more

New Jersey Bans the Box: Rules About Learning the Criminal Histories of Jobs Applicants Are Changing

New Jersey employers with 15 or more employees will be prohibited from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history in the initial employment application beginning on March 1, 2015. New Jersey is the latest state to...more

Act Now Advisory: New Jersey's Ban-the-Box Legislation Is Signed Into Law

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law statewide ban-the-box legislation, formally titled "The Opportunity to Compete Act" ("Act"). The Act becomes effective on March 1, 2015. Overall, the Act...more

Governor Christie Signs Scaled-Back Opportunity to Compete Act – New Jersey’s Ban the Box Bill

We previously wrote about New Jersey’s proposed “ban the box” measure, known as the Opportunity to Compete Act, a law that would prohibit employers from inquiring about job candidates’ criminal histories early in the hiring...more

Illinois Gov. Quinn Signs Ban-the-Box Legislation, Prohibiting Most Private Employers From Asking Applicants About Convictions

Fast Laner reported that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was poised to sign legislation prohibiting most private employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal convictions until they have made a decision regarding whether...more

New Jersey's "Opportunity to Compete Act" Continues the Nationwide "Ban-the-Box" Trend

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed “The Opportunity to Compete Act,” which restricts the ability of covered employers to inquire into, and use, criminal records. New Jersey’s so-called...more

NJ “Ban the Box” Law Restricts Employers from Inquiring about Criminal Records of Prospective Employees During Initial Application...

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed The Opportunity to Compete Act (A-1999) on August 11, 2014, barring private employers from asking prospective employees about their criminal records during the initial job application...more

New Jersey Governor Christie Signs Ban the Box Law

On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law “The Opportunity to Compete Act”—also referred to as the “ban the box” law—adding New Jersey to the growing list of states where employers are prohibited...more

ASK Fisher & Phillips: Dealership Update

QUESTION: If we have our new hires come to the dealership to complete employment-related forms and basic job training before their first day of work, do we have to pay them for that time?...more

Illinois Cracks Down on Employers' Consideration of Criminal Histories of Prospective Employees

Furthering the trend of governmental skepticism about employers’ blind reliance on information derived from background checks, on July 19, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the “Job Opportunities for Qualified...more

Illinois Employers Take Note: New Law to Limit When Job Applicant's Criminal Record May Be Considered

On July 19, 2014, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a statute that limits when an employer may inquire about and consider a job applicant's criminal record. The law, known as the Job Opportunities for Qualified...more

New Jersey’s Version Of “Ban The Box” Bill Reintroduced To Senate

“The Opportunity to Complete Act” (last mentioned in the February 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority) was reintroduced to the state Senate on February 28, 2014. The bill still prohibits the use of criminal background...more

Fenwick Employment Brief - March 2014

In February, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the Fair Chance Ordinance, which limits when and to what extent employers can inquire into the criminal history of applicants and employees. The ordinance also...more

Employers Should Be Cautious Before Searching Social Media Sites For Information About Prospective Employees

The ability to obtain information about a prospective employee on social media is hard to resist. With the explosion of social media sites and other information on the Internet, employers have a vast array of information...more

New Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance Limits Employers' Reliance on Criminal Records

Seattle employers are about to become much more restricted in their ability to inquire into or act upon the criminal records of applicants and employees. On November 1st, the Seattle Job Assistance Ordinance, SMC 14.17, takes...more

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