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.
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.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has revised its regulations to apply existing rules to additional visa categories in order to achieve greater parity in procedures that address comparable visa classifications. The amendments should minimize potential employment disruptions for employers that employ workers in the affected visa categories.
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