All Items: Recruiting and Hiring

  • Connecticut Supreme Court Says Marijuana Convictions Can Be Erased

    20 March 2015

    The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that persons convicted of possessing less than one-half ounce of marijuana have the right to get those convictions erased. The result means that thousands of job applicants previously arrested for marijuana possession may petition for a court order so that records relating to those charges are destroyed and will not be visible during a background check.

  • DOL Suspends H-2B Program Visa Processing, Moves to Stay Court Order

    17 March 2015

    The US Department of Labor (DOL) has suspended its processing of requests for prevailing wage determinations and labor certification applications in light of a federal district court's ruling that the DOL lacks authority to issue regulations concerning the H-2B guest worker program. However, the DOL has also filed a motion to stay the court order.

  • New Jersey Ban the Box Law Affects Most Private Employers

    03 March 2015

    Effective March 1, New Jersey has banned criminal history questions on job applications for most private employers as well as employment agencies. The law applies to employers with 15 or more employees over 20 calendar weeks and includes stiff penalty provisions.

  • H-1B Visa Petitions Accepted Starting April 1

    02 March 2015

    On April 1, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for the 2016 fiscal year.

  • Georgia Becomes First Southern State With Ban the Box Law

    25 February 2015

    Georgia has become the 14th state overall, and first in the south, to "ban the box" on job applications.

  • USCIS Will Start Accepting Expanded DACA Requests This Month

    03 February 2015

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) this February 18. That will be the first day individuals may request DACA consideration under revised guidelines established as part of President Obama's immigration initiatives.

  • DC Wage Theft Measure Set to Take Effect Soon

    29 January 2015

    Legislation establishing new employee notice requirements for employers in the District of Columbia is projected to take effect on February 26, according to the District's Department of Employment Services.

  • Job Vacancies Report Suggests 30-Day Tipping Point for US Job Postings

    28 January 2015

    Over half of all US job vacancies that are not filled within 30 days will remain open for three months or more, according to a new report released by job search website Indeed.

  • Illinois Ban the Box Law Puts New Restrictions on Employers

    05 January 2015

    Effective New Year's Day, Illinois bans most private employers from asking criminal history questions on an initial job application. The law applies to private employers with 15 or more employees in the current or preceding calendar year and employment agencies. Washington, DC and Columbia, Missouri also have new "ban the box" laws affecting most private employers.

  • Texas Mandates E-Verify Use for Contractors, State Agencies

    15 December 2014

    Texas Governor Rick Perry has issued an executive order requiring all state agencies to use the federal E-Verify system to confirm the work eligibility of current and prospective employees. The order is effective immediately and also applies to any employer contracting with a state agency or its subcontractors.

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