All Items: Recruiting and Hiring

  • New SHRM Survey Shows Employers Facing Increased Recruiting Challenges

    Date:
    June 21, 2016

    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 Bans Criminal History Box for Private Employers

    Date:
    June 14, 2016

    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.

  • Supreme Court Raises Bar for Fair Credit Reporting Act Claimants

    Date:
    May 26, 2016

    The Supreme Court has ruled in Spokeo v. Robins that a plaintiff must allege something more than a hypothetical violation in order to pursue a federal claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

  • Vermont Becomes 8th State to Ban the Box for Private Employers

    Date:
    May 9, 2016

    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.

  • Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana

    Date:
    April 22, 2016

    Pennsylvania has become the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana for people suffering from certain chronic health conditions, including terminal illnesses.

  • USCIS Says Expired Form I-9 Still Okay to Use, Requests Additional Comments

    Date:
    April 5, 2016

    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 Be First Texas City to 'Ban the Box' for Private Employers

    Date:
    April 4, 2016

    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.

  • NYC Human Rights Commission Releases Discrimination Enforcement Statistics, Holds Hearing

    Date:
    March 23, 2016

    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.

  • DHS Rule Proposes STEM OPT Program Extension

    Date:
    March 14, 2016

    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.

  • DHS Launches Known Employer Pilot

    Date:
    March 10, 2016

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the launch of its Known Employer pilot, which will assess the long-term feasibility of a new employer process for hiring certain foreign workers through employment-based visa categories.

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