Historic and Sweeping New Jersey Equal Pay Act Takes Effect July 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 24, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the most “historic” and  ”sweeping” equal pay legislation in America – “The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act” – to fight gender inequity and support equal pay for women in the state, according to a …

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Ban the Box Law Takes Effect in the State of Washington on June 7

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 7, 2018, the Washington Fair Chance Act (HB 1298) will take effect and extend “Ban the Box” protections to job applicants with criminal records who are seeking employment with both public and private employers in the state by adding a new chapter to Title 49 …

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Kansas Governor Issues Executive Order to Ban the Box on State Employment Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 2, 2018, Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued Executive Order 18-12 to “Ban the Box” on state employment practices and instruct Executive Branch departments, agencies, boards, and commissions to ensure that job applicants are not asked about their criminal record during the initial stage of a …

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California Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Determining if Workers are Employees or Independent Contractors

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court to clarify the standard for determining if workers in the state should be classified as employees or as independent contractors for wage orders adopted by California’s …

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Massachusetts Amends Ban the Box Law Limiting Employer Inquiries into Criminal History of Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed two laws – An Act Implementing the Joint Recommendations of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Review and An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform – and also filed a third separate bill, An Act Building on Criminal Justice Reform, …

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State of Washington Enacts Ban the Box Law to Restrict Employers from Asking About Criminal History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On March 13, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the Fair Chance Act (HB 1298) to extend “Ban the Box” legislation protections to applicants seeking jobs with both public and private employers in the state, according to a news release from the National Employment Law …

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Vermont Law Restricts Employer Access to Social Media Accounts of Employees and Applicants

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 1, 2018,  Vermont House Bill 462 (H. 462) took effect and added a new section to the Vermont Statutes Annotated (V.S.A.) relating to social media privacy for employees that restricts the access to and use of social media accounts of employees and applicants by employers.

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New Jersey Passes Laws to Modernize State Expungement System to Help Minor Criminal Offenders

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 20, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed bipartisan legislation – Senate Bills 3306, 3307, and 3308 – that will change and modernize the state’s expungement system and help minor criminal offenders reclaim their lives, according to a press release from the Office of the Governor.

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Local Ban the Box Laws Will Be Challenged as Less Effective than Statewide Laws with Incentives for Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As of January 2018, 30 states and more than 150 cities and counties in America have passed “Ban the Box” laws that remove questions about criminal history from job applications and delay such inquiries until later in the hiring process. The fact that employers will have to deal …

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

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 …

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