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Massachusetts Adjusts Limits On Employer Inquiries Into Job Applicants’ Criminal History

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A provision in the Massachusetts criminal justice reform law signed by Governor Charlie Baker amends the state’s restrictions on the questions employers may ask a job applicant regarding the applicant’s criminal history...more

Washington Legislature Enacts Multiple Anti-Employer Statutes

In the recently concluded session, Washington legislators enacted numerous laws that will adversely affect employers of all sizes across the State. With so many changes, it is key that employers stay up to date and understand...more

Employment Law Reporter April 2018: Summary of New Laws Affecting California Employers

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The past year has been a busy one for passing employment-related legislation. Numerous new laws have gone into effect that impact how California employers manage and interact with their current, prospective, and former...more

The Bubbler – April 2018

Lots to talk about in the Labor & Employment world! The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act went into effect on April 1, 2018, imposing stricter non-discrimination rules on employers of pregnant workers. The U.S....more

Web Exclusive: March 2018: The Top 13 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first three months...more

Criminal Record Screening Policies Continue to Raise Important Compliance Issues

by Littler on

Employers that use criminal record screening policies must continue to be vigilant about compliance with all applicable laws. A recent settlement by one of the nation’s leading retailers, Target, reinforces this point. The...more

San Francisco Law Would Expand the Bar on Background Checks

On January 1, 2018, recreational marijuana officially became legal in California. Three months later, on April 3, 2018, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that would bar employers from inquiring about...more

San Francisco Amends “Fair Chance Ordinance” to Align with Portions of California’s New Statewide Ban-the-Box Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On April 3, 2018, San Francisco amended its Fair Chance Ordinance to align, in some respects, with California’s new ban-the-box law. San Francisco employers with more than five employees still must be...more

WPI State of the States: Pay Equity, Sexual Harassment Continue to Drive State Bills

by Littler on

While the surge of state-level legislation introduced in the first quarter of 2018 has waned, some significant labor and employment bills are advancing through their legislative chambers. ...more

Michigan Expands its Preemption Law to Cover Interview Limitations

by Littler on

On March 26, 2018, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that prohibits local governments from regulating the information employers can request from prospective employees during the interview process. ...more

San Francisco is Likely to Amend its Ban-the-Box Law

by Littler on

In 2014, San Francisco enacted its ban-the-box law, which significantly restricted the ability of employers to inquire into, and use, criminal records for hiring and other employment purposes....more

Michigan Bans the Ban: New Law Stops Local Government Regulations on Employer Inquiries

On March 26, 2018, Governor Rick Snyder signed an amendment to Michigan’s Local Government Labor Regulatory Limitation Act into law. Public Act 84 (2018) prohibits local government bodies from adopting or enforcing any local...more

Washington State “Bans the Box”

by Fisher Phillips on

Washington has joined a growing list of states and cities to restrict criminal history inquiries in the hiring process with adoption of the Washington Fair Chance Act (2SHB 1298), signed into law on March 13, 2018. Beginning...more

2018 California Legislative Update: It’s Spring! What Bills Have Sprung?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Dominating this spring’s planting of proposed employment-related legislation are bills aimed at ending sexual harassment and promoting gender equity. Among the secondary crops are bills regarding...more

Our Nominees for the Top 20 California Employment Law Risks to Agriculture Employers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

California agricultural employers must be mindful of the federal, state, and local laws on the books, many of which pose traps for the unwary. Here are some of the most important employment and labor legal issues warranting...more

Washington Ban-The-Box Law Limits Criminal Background Inquiries

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective June 6, 2018, Washington will be the next state to implement “ban the box” legislation restricting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application...more

Web Exclusive: February 2018: The Top 15 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first two months...more

Washington State’s New Ban-The-Box Law Completes The West Coast Trend

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Washington Governor has just signed a new law prohibiting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history before the applicant is deemed “otherwise qualified” for the position sought. ...more

Ontario, Canada Introduces New Legislation Banning Compensation Questions

by Littler on

The interview process is a time-consuming, planned procedure in which the parties seek to learn as much as possible about each other before determining whether it is a match. In addition to probing the candidate’s...more

FEHC Proposes Regulations to Implement California’s New “Ban the Box” and “New Parent Leave” Laws

by Fisher Phillips on

Recently, the California Fair Employment and Housing Council (FEHC) proposed new draft regulations to implement provisions of two key employment statutes enacted last year. Last year, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill...more

Compliance News Flash

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

WPI State of the States: Legislatures Pick up the Pace

by Littler on

State and local lawmakers introduced over 250 new labor and employment bills in February, and considered hundreds of others in various stages of the legislative lifecycle. Many topics covered by these measures are familiar,...more

2018 California Employment Legislation and Regulatory Update

by Jones Day on

The California Legislature in 2017 adopted multiple statutes that increase the complexity and scope of employment regulation. Most notable was the passage and signing of Assembly Bill 168, which prohibits employers from...more

Best in Law: Understanding California's New Employment Laws - Partner Joseph Ortiz Provides Update in the Press-Enterprise

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California lawmakers had a busy 2017 addressing various employment issues. A majority of these new laws took effect Jan. 1. If you are an employer and are not yet in compliance, immediate action should be taken to review your...more

Kansas City, Missouri, Jumps on the “Ban Wagon,” Passes Ban the Box Ordinance

On February 1, 2018, the City Council of Kansas City, Missouri, enacted a ban-the-box ordinance that limits an employer’s use of an individual’s criminal history in making hiring or promotional decisions. The ordinance will...more

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