All Items: Recruiting and Hiring

  • New Jersey Bans Criminal History Box for Most Private Employers

    14 August 2014

    New Jersey has become the sixth state to ban criminal history questions on job applications for most private employers. On August 11, Governor Chris Christie signed the Opportunity to Compete Act, which will apply to business with 15 or more employees.

  • San Francisco 'Ban the Box' Law Broadly Affects Private Employers

    13 August 2014

    A new San Francisco "ban the box" law has taken effect that goes beyond California law and affects private employers with 20 or more employees. The ordinance prohibits employers from asking about or seeking the conviction history of job applicants until after their first live interview.

  • New York Employer Alert: Haynes and Boone Offers Insights on Recent Legal Developments

    08 August 2014

    New York has long been among the most active states when it comes to employment law. Jason Habinsky, a member of the labor and employment department at Haynes and Boone, LLP discusses recent changes in the law plus other key challenges affecting New York employers.

  • Maine Labor Department Seeks Employer Feedback on Drug Testing Law

    07 August 2014

    Maine employers interested in providing feedback on the state's regulations regarding employee drug testing should participate in a survey being administered by the Maine Department of Labor (MDOL). The request for feedback follows the recent defeat of legislation purporting to standardize and simplify the process for employers to provide a drug-free workplace.

  • State Department Experiencing Technical Difficulties, Visa-Processing Delays

    30 July 2014

    The US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs reported that it has been experiencing technical difficulties with its passport and visa system.

  • Illinois Becomes Fifth State to Ban the Box for Private Employers

    28 July 2014

    Illinois will become the fifth state to prohibit most private employers from asking criminal history questions on job applications. The Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act will take effect January 1, 2015 and applies to employers with 15 or more employees.

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Passed, President to Sign

    17 July 2014

    Congress has passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA; H.R. 803), and the bill is headed to President Obama for signature. The WIOA, which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) through 2020, overhauls existing employment, training and education programs and streamlines the current workforce development system structure.

  • California Ban the Box Law Takes Effect

    01 July 2014

    Effective July 1, state and local government employers in California may no longer ask for criminal record information on job applications. In all, 12 states now have "ban the box" laws, referring to the box on job application forms where prospective employees are often asked whether they have ever been convicted of a crime.

  • Houston to Phase-In Employment Discrimination Prohibitions

    26 June 2014

    The Houston City Council recently approved the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), an extensive ordinance prohibiting many types of discrimination by private employers, as well as in city employment, city services and city contract awards.

  • E-Verify Improvements Released, Employer Suggestions Implemented

    24 June 2014

    The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released three new enhancements to E-Verify. Two of these enhancements were created as a result of suggestions submitted by employers.

About this category

News: HR and legal considerations for employers regarding recruiting and hiring.