All Items: Recruiting and Hiring

  • 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.

  • Maryland Employer Alert: Frank Kollman Addresses Latest Legal Trends

    12 June 2014

    A bevy of new employment laws have been signed in Maryland in recent months, including the legalization of medical marijuana; an increased state minimum wage; and expanded parental leave rights. Baltimore employment attorney Frank Kollman, of Kollman & Saucier, breaks down the developments.

  • Oklahoma: Employers May Not Require Access to Employee Personal Social Media Accounts

    11 June 2014

    Under a new Oklahoma law, an employer will be prohibited from requiring that an employee or applicant allow access to his or her personal online social media account.

  • DACA Approaches Second Anniversary, Renewal Process Announced

    09 June 2014

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

  • Minnesota Becomes 22nd State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

    04 June 2014

    Minnesota has become the 22nd state to legalize medical marijuana with a bill signed by Governor Mark Dayton on May 29. The new law prohibits discrimination against job applicants or employees based on a confirmed positive drug test that results from medical marijuana use unless the patient used, possessed or was impaired by the drug on the employer's premises during work hours.

  • Louisiana to Prohibit Employer Access to Personal Online Accounts

    02 June 2014

    Louisiana recently enacted the Personal Online Account Privacy Protection Act prohibiting an employer from requesting or requiring an employee or applicant to disclose information that would allow the employer to access or observe the individuals' personal online accounts.

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