Michigan Joins Ban the Box Movement and Removes Criminal History Question from State Job Applications

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On September 7, 2018, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive directive instructing all state departments and agencies to “Ban the Box” and remove the felony question box that precedes job applications on NEOGOV – the website where residents can apply for state employment – and replace …

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Amended Massachusetts Ban the Box Law Takes Effect October 13

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act Relative to Criminal Justice Reform (Senate Bill S.2371) to amend the state’s “Ban the Box” law and further restrict the ability of employers to consider the criminal history of job applicants during the hiring process. The Act …

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California Will Dramatically Change Management of State Sex Offender Registry System in 2021

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In October 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 384 (SB 384) – also known as the “Sex Offender Registration Act” – which will dramatically change how the state manages the California Sex Offender Registry when the law eventually takes effect on January 1, 2021.

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California Clarifies Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 18, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation, Assembly Bill 2282 (AB 2282), to clarify the state’s existing law – AB 168, which was signed into law in October 2017 – that prohibits inquiries by employers into the salary history information of job …

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Hawaii Prohibits Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 5, 2018, Hawaii Governor David Y. Ige signed Senate Bill 2351 (SB 2351) into law which prohibits prospective employers in the state from requesting or considering the wage or salary history of job applicants as part of an employment application process or compensation offer. SB …

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Two Arizona Laws Addressing Data Breaches and Hiring Ex-Offenders Take Effect on July 21

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In April of 2018, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law two pieces of legislation that will affect most employers in the state when they both take effect on July 21, 2018. House Bill 2154 (HB 2154) will give employers updated guidance and notice procedures when dealing with …

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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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