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  • Employer's Dreadlock Ban Is Not Racial Discrimination, 11th Circuit Finds

    Date:
    September 28, 2016

    The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an employer's refusal to hire an African-American job applicant because she refused to cut her dreadlocks is not illegal.

  • Positive Drug Tests of US Workers at Highest Level in a Decade

    Date:
    September 21, 2016

    The percentage of employees testing positive for illegal drug use is at its highest level in 10 years, according to an analysis by Quest Diagnostics of nearly 11 million workforce drug test results.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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