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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North Carolina Law Reducing Wait Time for Criminal Record Expungement Took Effect December 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On December 1, 2017, North Carolina Senate Bill 445 (SB 445) took effect to reduce the wait time for criminal record expungement for first-time non-violent offenders where the legal record of an individual’s arrest or criminal conviction is sealed and essentially erased in the eyes of the law.

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Arizona Adopts Ban the Box Policy to Delay Criminal Record Questions to Applicants for State Agency Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On November 6, 2017, Arizona governor Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2017-07 to adopt new “Ban the Box” hiring procedures to provide a second chance and increased job opportunities to Arizonans who have served their time and been released, according to a news release on the Governor’s website.

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California Governor Brown Signs AB 168 to Prohibit Employers from Seeking Salary History of Jobseekers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several pieces of legislation to improve services and support for women that included Assembly Bill 168 (AB 168) which prohibits employers in the state from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment and requires an …

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California Passes Ban the Box Law to Prohibit Private Employers from Asking about Criminal History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law new “Ban the Box” legislation – Assembly  Bill 1008 (AB 1008) –  to prohibit private employers in the state with five or more employees from inquiring about or considering a job applicant’s conviction history prior to a …

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Texas Supreme Court Rejects Claim of Compelled Self-Defamation Over Failed Drug Test

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 26, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court delivered an opinion rejecting a claim of “compelled self-defamation” and declining to “recognize a theory of compelled self-defamation in Texas” in a case where a worker who failed a random drug test filed a lawsuit claiming defamation since he would …

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