All Items: Job Applications

  • SHRM Reaffirms Second Chance Employment, Hiring Older Workers As 2019 Priorities

    March 20, 2019

    With a growing US labor shortage and skills gap, Society for Human Resource Management CEO Johnny C. Taylor Jr. is urging employers not to ignore applicants with criminal backgrounds or older workers.

  • Connecticut Joins Growing List of States Banning Salary History Questions

    May 25, 2018

    Connecticut has become the sixth state to enact a salary history inquiry prohibition. Effective January 1, 2019, no Connecticut employer may inquire or direct a third party to inquire about a prospective employee's wage and salary history.

  • Vermont Joins Salary History Inquiry Ban Trend

    May 14, 2018

    Vermont has become the latest state to enact a salary history question ban as Governor Phil Scott has signed a law prohibiting employers from asking such questions. The law aims to reduce the wage gap between men and women.

  • Philadelphia Salary History Ban Partially Blocked

    May 4, 2018

    A federal judge has ruled that Philadelphia's salary history question ban violates the First Amendment, but he also upheld a separate provision that prevents employers from basing hiring decisions on an applicant's prior salary.

  • Washington Becomes 11th State to "Ban the Box" for Private Employers

    March 15, 2018

    Effective June 6, 2018, Washington employers may not ask about arrests or convictions - or receive information through a criminal background check - before a job applicant is deemed otherwise qualified for a position.

  • Connecticut Bans Criminal History Box for Private Employers

    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.

  • 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.

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