US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) this February 18. That will be the first day individuals may request DACA consideration under revised guidelines established as part of President Obama's immigration initiatives.
Legislation establishing new employee notice requirements for employers in the District of Columbia is projected to take effect on February 26, according to the District's Department of Employment Services.
Effective New Year's Day, Illinois bans most private employers from asking criminal history questions on an initial job application. The law applies to private employers with 15 or more employees in the current or preceding calendar year and employment agencies. Washington, DC and Columbia, Missouri also have new "ban the box" laws affecting most private employers.
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."
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