The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued a final rule, effective September 9, 2015, revising its regulations regarding the procedures an individual should follow to apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) card. The rule also revises certain related evidence requirements. The Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS) Handbook has also been updated.
The Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has agreed to pay $2.8 million to thousands of rejected job candidates who claimed they were unfairly screened out of upper-level positions because of their race or gender. The settlement will be dispersed among more than 3,000 people affected by the use of these screening tests in the hiring process.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) has issued a report that examines annual changes and trends in immigration-related worksite enforcement, revealing an upward trend in administrative fines and penalties.
On June 22, 2015, the Morris County Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (MC SHRM) held it Eighth Annual Employment Law Symposium, presented in collaboration with Fisher & Phillips, LLP.
Oregon could soon become the 18th state with a "ban the box" law if Governor Kate Brown signs the legislation as expected. The bill would prohibit most employers from asking criminal history questions on job applications. New York City also recently passed a "ban the box" law affecting private employers.
The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled 6-0 that a medical marijuana user who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back even though both recreational and medical marijuana use are legal in the state. Denver employment attorney Emily Hobbs-Wright said of the ruling, "It's a very important day for Colorado employers."
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released versions of current forms and the E-Verify poster in three additional foreign languages: Urdu, Punjabi and Somali. Employers with employees who are not proficient in English now have additional resources available in order to better inform employees of employment verification processes.
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