Oregon could soon become the 18th state with a "ban the box" law if Governor Kate Brown signs the legislation as expected. The bill would prohibit most employers from asking criminal history questions on job applications. New York City also recently passed a "ban the box" law affecting private employers.
The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled 6-0 that a medical marijuana user who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back even though both recreational and medical marijuana use are legal in the state. Denver employment attorney Emily Hobbs-Wright said of the ruling, "It's a very important day for Colorado employers."
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released versions of current forms and the E-Verify poster in three additional foreign languages: Urdu, Punjabi and Somali. Employers with employees who are not proficient in English now have additional resources available in order to better inform employees of employment verification processes.
A 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel refused on May 26 to lift a temporary hold on President Obama's executive order that would have allowed up to five million undocumented workers to remain in the US if they met certain conditions. A federal district court judge had blocked the order from taking effect in February.
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.
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 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.
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.
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