Employers should prepare for the possibility of developments in a variety of areas, including health benefits, unions, wage and hour, regulatory reform, immigration, maternity leave and onsite childcare, and equal employment opportunity.
An employer's use of background checks raises many compliance issues, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act; the state "ban the box" trend that prevent employers from asking criminal history questions on initial job applications; and ensuring background checks do not discriminate against minority job applicants.
One of the fastest-moving trends in employment law involves the plethora of "ban the box" laws that have sprouted up in a dozen states and more than 60 municipalities. These laws make it illegal to include criminal history questions on initial job applications.
An increasing number of states are legalizing medical marijuana. Two have gone a step further to legalize the drug's recreational use. This list of resources will help employers find out what state legalization laws mean for drug testing policies and related issues.
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