In the Halls of Justice

There have been a number of court rulings from various states around the country that we wanted to call to your attention as they impact issues on which we’ve reported and about which you may have concerns. First off, the California Supreme Court last week defined “premium pay” as the regular rate of pay used…

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Expanding the Ban the Box Restriction

Late last month, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed into law Senate Bill 1480, amending the Illinois Human Rights Act and expanding restrictions on the use of criminal background checks for employment purposes. The new law also obligates employers in the Land of Lincoln (who are required to file the federal EEO-1 report) to also submit equal…

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States Tee Up More Employment Laws

A quick glance at some of the legislation pending in the current legislative sessions – which have mostly just begun – give us some cause for concern in a number of states. California, of course, has a selection of bills pending that would be largely detrimental to business interests. Perhaps most egregious is a bill…

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Maryland Bans Takes Effect

In many, albeit not all states, the employment application process prohibits a potential employer from inquiring into a job applicant’s salary history, ostensibly to avoid perpetuating gender bias in employee compensation. Maryland joined the ranks of states that “banned the box” back in February as relates questions about an applicant’s criminal history, but the provisions…

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More Changes to Virginia Laws

Since 2018 when Virginia became a democratic trifecta state (the Governor’s Office and both legislative branches in democratic hands), the changes to its employment laws have seemed to come fast and furious!. In addition to changes we’ve advised in prior issues, effective next Wednesday – July 1, Old Dominion will expand its current Ban the…

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State and Local Issues of Note

With so much of the nation’s focus these past three months on the COVID-19 pandemic – and more recently, protests over the tragic killing of George Floyd, state and local issues that can impact your business could easily be overlooked. In the hope of keeping you informed of some of those possible oversights, we advise…

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St. Louis Joins Ban the Box Parade

Last week, we advised you that the Maryland Legislature wasted little time before it overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Ban the Box legislation in the First State. Keeping in that vein, the city of St. Louis, Missouri approved its own ordinance a few weeks ago and became the third city in the Show…

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Maryland Overrides Veto, Bans the Box

Despite a veto of SB. 839 by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan last May, the Maryland legislature went ahead and overrode that veto last week and thereby became the 14th state in the nation to “Ban the Box”.  “An Act Concerning Labor and Employment – Criminal Record Screening Practices (Ban the Box)”  prohibits employers with 15…

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Federal Ban the Box Mandate Coming

It seems the federal government is slowly joining the many states, cities and counties around the country that are prohibiting employer questions about criminal activities in a job applicant’s history until a conditional job offer has been extended. With passage of the Fair Chance to Compete for Jobs Act in December (incorporated in the Defense…

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Ban The Box, Build the Revenue

Like most newfangled legislative ideas, so-called “ban the box” laws, have enjoyed success at some government levels but failed in others. The Washington Post this week reported that Washington DC has levied almost $500,000 in fines from 1,100 charges of discrimination against private employers since it banned the box with the Fair Criminal Record Screening…

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