All Items: Recruiting and Hiring

  • USCIS Expands myE-Verify Program as Compliance Actions Rise

    05 May 2015

    myE-Verify, a free, web-based service for workers and job seekers provided by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is now available nationwide after an initial roll-out to five states. USCIS has also expanded compliance activities targeting employers.

  • Supreme Court Will Resolve Fair Credit Reporting Act Dispute

    30 April 2015

    The Supreme Court has agreed to decide if an internet people-search company, Spokeo, can be sued for displaying false information about a Virginia man to potential employers. This closely-watched Fair Credit Reporting Act case has attracted the attention of Google, Facebook, eBay and Yahoo, all of which are backing Spokeo.

  • Vermont Is 16th State to Ban Criminal History Box on Job Applications

    27 April 2015

    Vermont has become the 16th state to ban at least some employers from asking criminal history questions on job applications after Governor Peter Shumlin signed an executive order on April 21.

  • Georgia Legalizes Medical Marijuana With Pro-Employer Provisions

    22 April 2015

    Georgia has become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana in small amounts. On April 16, Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation that immediately permits the use of the drug to treat eight serious health conditions. However, the new law does not protect medical marijuana users from employment discrimination.

  • Veterans Preference Hiring Laws Added in Three States

    16 April 2015

    Kentucky, Montana and Nebraska have all enacted laws this month which allow private employers to adopt voluntary veterans preference policies for hiring, promoting or retaining a veteran over another qualified applicant or employee.

  • Arkansas Enacts Noncompete Law

    14 April 2015

    Arkansas has enacted a new law that clearly explains when covenants not to compete, or noncompete agreements, would be enforceable in the context of an employment relationship.

  • American Employers Continue to Seek Foreign Tech Workers

    09 April 2015

    The cap of 65,000 H-1B visas for fiscal 2016 has been met, according to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

  • Virginia Becomes 15th State to Ban the Box

    08 April 2015

    Virginia has become the 15th state to enact a "ban the box" law with Governor Terry McAuliffe signing an executive order on April 3. Ban the box refers to eliminating the box on job applications that prospective employees are often asked to check off if they have ever been convicted of a crime.

  • 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.

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