The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released a report today showing that many employers are facing increased difficulties in finding qualified applicants. The survey of more than 3,300 HR professionals revealed that 68% say their organization has had trouble recruiting in the current job market.
Connecticut has become the ninth state to pass a law banning private employers from asking criminal history questions on job applications. Effective January 1, 2017, Connecticut employers will not be able to ask prospective employees about prior arrests, criminal charges or convictions on an initial application.
Vermont has become the 8th state to pass a law banning private employers from including a criminal history box on job applications. Governor Peter Shumlin signed the measure on May 3, just one week after President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to adopt ban the box hiring practices.
According to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), employers should continue to use the current version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, even though it expired on March 31, until a new form is finalized and posted for use. USCIS has also announced that it has extended the comment period until April 27, because it has made additional proposed revisions to the form.
Austin will become the first Texas city to restrict the use of criminal history information by private employers in the hiring process. The ordinance will prohibit both criminal history inquiries and criminal background checks until after a covered employer makes a conditional job offer.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights collected nearly $1.4 million in awards and penalties in discrimination cases in 2015, according to enforcement data released by the agency. In addition, the Commission held a public hearing on its proposed rules to the City's "ban the box" law this week.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a proposed rule that would extend the science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) optional practical training (OPT) program. The proposed rule includes increased compliance requirements for participating employers.
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