All Items: Recruiting and Hiring

  • Pennsylvania Legalizes Medical Marijuana

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • H-1B Visa Petition Filing Is April 1: Swift Employer Action Needed Now

    January 28, 2016

    On April 1, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for the 2017 fiscal year.

  • DHS Revises Regulations Affecting Highly Skilled Workers

    January 22, 2016

    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.

  • Immigration Order Will Be Reviewed by Supreme Court

    January 21, 2016

    The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court's ruling that blocked the implementation of an Executive Order that order would have allowed undocumented workers to request work permits and deportation relief.

  • Legal Medical Marijuana Use No Defense for Failed Drug Test, Federal Court Finds

    December 11, 2015

    A federal district court in the state of Washington has ruled that employers do not have to accommodate the use of medical marijuana if they have a drug-free workplace, even if the marijuana is being used off-site to treat an employee's disability. The ruling is notable because Washington has legalized marijuana not only for medicinal use but for recreational use as well.

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