All Items: Recruiting and Hiring

  • Ohio Will Remove Criminal History Box From State Job Applications

    18 May 2015

    Effective June 1, Ohio will remove criminal history questions from state job applications that prospective employees are asked to check off if they have ever been convicted of a crime. In doing so, Ohio becomes the 17th state with at least some form of a "ban the box" policy.

  • Employer Hiring Practices Undergo Novel Test in New York City

    14 May 2015

    New York City employers may soon find their hiring practices going under the microscope. Under a law recently signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Commission on Human Rights will conduct discrimination testing to determine if targeted employers are using illegal bias when screening job applicants for employment.

  • New York City Bans Most Employers From Using Credit Checks

    08 May 2015

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed a law prohibiting most employers from using credit reports or bankruptcies to disqualify job candidates from being hired or when making any other sort of employment decision regarding current employees.

  • 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).

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