Tag Archives: Massachusetts

Salary History Questions by Employers Will Be Restricted as Pay Equity Movement Spreads in 2018

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Several states and cities in the U.S. have passed legislation prohibiting employers from seeking salary history information about job applicants as part of a “pay equity” movement to narrow the gender wage gap between women and men. This growing restriction on questions about the salary history of applicants by employers is trend number 9 of the “ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends” for 2018 selected by global background check firm Employment Screening Resources (ESR). Continue reading

Massachusetts Court Rules Employers Cannot Fire Employees Using Medical Marijuana for Positive Drug Tests

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that employers cannot fire employees with prescriptions for medical marijuana – the use of which voters in the state approved in 2012 – simply for flunking drug tests and even though marijuana is still illegal to use under federal law. Continue reading

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft Drivers Win License Appeals after Failing Mandated Background Checks in Massachusetts

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Of the 1,400 drivers for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft who felt unfairly rejected after failing mandated background checks in Massachusetts and decided to appeal the license ban, 444 have successfully overturned the decision, according to a report on Boston.com. Continue reading

More than Ten Percent of Uber and Lyft Drivers Fail Background Checks in Massachusetts

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Figures released by Massachusetts officials show more than ten percent of drivers failed comprehensive background checks required under a state law for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, with 8,200 drivers failing and more than 62,000 drivers passing the checks, according to an article on Boston.com. Continue reading

Winter Storm Stella Closes Courts in Northeast Due to Blizzard Warnings

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Winter Storm Stella, which The Weather Channel reports is “hammering the Northeast with heavy snow, intensifying winds, even some accumulating ice,” and led to blizzard warnings in parts of nine states from Pennsylvania to Maine, has also caused many court closures in the areas affected by the massive storm. Continue reading

Uber and Lyft Drivers in Massachusetts to Undergo Most Comprehensive State Background Checks in Nation

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The two largest Transportation Network Companies (TNC) in Massachusetts – Uber and Lyft – have entered into voluntary agreements to ensure the immediate implementation of the most stringent background checks for TNC drivers of any state in the nation, according to a press release from the office of Governor Charlie Baker. Continue reading

NAPBS Issues Comments on Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) has submitted comments to the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS) in response to the revised version of the proposed changes to DCJIS regulations governing the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) that reiterates previous comments NAPBS filed with the DCJIS in May of 2016. Continue reading

Massachusetts Passes Law with Strongest Background Check Requirements in Nation for Transportation Network Companies

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 5, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation – Bill H. 4570 – an Act for regulating drivers of  “transportation network companies” (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft that includes “the strongest state background check requirements in the nation,” according to a press release from the Governor’s office. Continue reading

Massachusetts Pay Equity Law Prohibits Employers from Asking Applicants about Salary History before Job Offer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan pay equity bill – S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity – to prevent wage discrimination on the basis of gender.  The new law also prohibits employers from requiring applicants to provide their salary history before receiving a formal job offer. S.2119 will take effect on July 1, 2018 for employers and employees in Massachusetts. Continue reading

Massachusetts Authorizes National Fingerprint Based Criminal Background Checks on All Teachers and School Employees

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed a bill – H4307, “An Act Relative to Background Checks” – that closes an existing criminal history background checks loophole by authorizing the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and school districts to conduct national fingerprint-based criminal history background checks on all teachers, school employees, and early education providers in the state. To read the full text of Bill H4307, visit http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/187/House/H04307. Continue reading