On December 17, 2015, Seattle Mayor Edward B. Murray signed the Wage Theft Prevention and Harmonization Ordinance amending the municipality's current labor laws addressing paid sick and safe time, job assistance, wage theft and minimum wage. Several sections of the Employment Law Manual, three Quick Reference charts, and three poster landing pages have been updated. Additionally, two new landing pages and four new Legal Timetable entries have been added.
Several Washington sections of the Employment Law Manual have been updated in light of a Seattle ordinance allowing drivers of taxicab companies and for-hire drivers of companies to unionize and bargain over terms and conditions of employment.
Effective March 14, 2016, Philadelphia's "ban the box" ordinance will expand to cover all employers in the city regardless of size. In addition, the amended law will prohibit employers from asking about an applicant's criminal history or conducting a background check until a conditional employment offer has been made.
Portland, Oregon has passed one of the nation's broader "ban the box" ordinances restricting an employer from asking about or accessing an applicant's criminal background. Effective July 1, 2016, employers with six or more employees may not ask about or access an applicant's criminal history before making a conditional job offer.
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