Effective March 1, 2015, New Jersey employers with 15 or more employees and employment agencies may not inquire about a job applicant's criminal record during the initial employment application process. This makes New Jersey the sixth state with a "ban the box" law affecting private employers.
District of Columbia employers must provide reasonable accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of their job is limited by pregnancy, childbirth, a related medical condition or breastfeeding, under a new law that took effect March 3.
Nebraska is the fifth state to participate in a federal program that validates the authenticity of the driver's licenses presented by a new hire by comparing driver's license data with state motor vehicle records.
Although relieved of the annual wage notice requirement starting in 2015, New York employers are now subject to increased penalties for failing to comply with other requirements of the Wage Theft Prevention Act.
The law, which will expire March 18, 2015, prohibits an employer from testing a prospective employee for marijuana use until after extending a conditional employment offer, unless otherwise required by law.
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