In an effort to bar discrimination against unemployed job seekers in New York state, Senate Bill 5316 (SB 5316) – proposed by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I) – would make the unemployed a “protected class” in New York and make it illegal for employers to deny out-of-work applicants an interview or position solely because they are jobless. In addition, SB 5316 would prohibit employers from posting job advertisements that discourage the unemployed from applying to vacant positions, according to a press release on the Senator’s website. Continue reading
Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 jobs overall in April 2011 – with the private sector adding 268,000 jobs, the most in over five years since February 2006 – and the gains occurred mostly in several service-providing industries, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has reported.
‘THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – APRIL 2011’ report also showed the unemployment rate edged up from 8.8 percent to 9 percent in April while the number of unemployed persons changed little at 13.7 million. Since February 2010, total payroll employment has grown by 1.8 million jobs and private sector employment has increased by 2.1 million jobs. Continue reading
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 to examine the practice by employers of considering only those currently employed for job vacancies and excluding currently unemployed persons from job applicant pools, including in job announcements, and also to hear from invited panelists on the potential impact on job seekers, according to an EEOC press release titled ‘Out of Work? Out of Luck.’ Continue reading