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.
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has issued its final rule on Executive Order 13672, which extends current discrimination protections to include claims based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
New ordinances awaiting the mayor's signature would, among other things, require certain businesses to offer any additional hours of work available to current part-time employees before hiring new employees or using subcontractors or a temporary services or staffing agency to do work.
President Obama's November 20 executive orders could allow as many as five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the US if they meet certain conditions. Ogletree Deakins attorney Charles Gillman calls these actions "a positive change that could help US employers," but says the "devil will be in the details."
Voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia affirmed ballot measures earlier this month to legalize recreational marijuana use in small amounts. However, none of these laws will prevent employers from maintaining a drug-free workplace policy.
Voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC will vote tomorrow on whether to legalize recreational marijuana use. Meanwhile, Florida voters will decide whether to legalize medical marijuana use. However, none of the measures would prevent employers from maintaining a drug-free workplace policy.
As the result of one of the largest criminal alien employment investigations ever conducted by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, five franchisee-owners and managers of 14 7-Eleven stores located in New York and Virginia have pled guilty to charges of committing wire fraud and concealing and harboring illegal aliens they employed.
Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a broad law restricting employer criminal history inquiries during the hiring process. The new law prohibits criminal history questions or background checks until after a conditional job offer has been made. It applies to employers with more than 10 employees.
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