Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve done periodically over the past year, we want to advise you of some changes in various state laws that may impact your businesses so you’ll be better prepared when the calendar turns to October. Those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Vermont and Oregon may want to…

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9th Circuit Limits Salary History Use

The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals this week ruled that Fresno County could not pay an individual female employee less than a male counterpart because of the woman’s lower salary history. An 11-judge panel of the San Francisco-based court unanimously ruled that doing so would violate the federal Equal Pay Act of 1963 and…

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Washington “Bans the Box”

The state of Washington became the latest to outlaw prospective employers from inquiring about the criminal history of job applicants until they have been determined eligible for the job. Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed House bill 1298, also known as the Fair Chance Act into law last week, just days after the legislature adjourned for…

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Follow Iceland?

Well, at least on the idea of mandating equal pay and eliminating the so-called pay gap, former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders suggests the United States follow Iceland’s lead in mandating equal pay. Iceland became the first country to make it illegal to pay different amounts to men and women with a new law that took…

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