Colorado Ban the Box Law to Limit Job Applicant Criminal History Inquiries Takes Effect September 1

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Colorado House Bill (HB) 19-1025 – legislation that will Ban the Box and place limits on inquiries about the criminal history of job applicants by employers in the state – takes effect on September 1, 2019, for employers in the state with 11 or more employees, and …

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New Jersey Bans Salary History Inquiries by Employers to Promote Equal Pay

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 25, 2019, Acting New Jersey Governor Sheila Y. Oliver signed Assembly No. 1094 into law to prevent employers from asking about wage and salary history of workers to combat this discriminatory practice and promote equal pay and gender equity, according to a press release on …

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Illinois Governor Signs Legislation to Prohibit Employers from Asking Job Applicants About Salary History

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 31, 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation – House Bill 834 – that will prohibit employers from asking applicants about salary history to ensure equal pay for equal work while standing steps away from the headquarters of the U.S. Soccer Federation which continues to …

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New York Passes SHIELD Act to Protect New Yorkers Against Data Breaches

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 25, 2019, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act or SHIELD Act (S.5575B/A.5635) into law to protect New Yorkers against data breaches by imposing stronger obligations on businesses handling private customer data to provide proper notification …

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Nevada Becomes First State to Prohibit Denial of Employment Due to Positive Marijuana Drug Tests

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 5, 2019, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed 60 bills that included Assembly Bill 132 (AB 132) that will prohibit the denial of employment because of the presence of marijuana in a pre-employment drug test taken by a prospective employee except under certain specific circumstances. AB …

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Maine Governor Signs Legislation to Promote Pay Equality by Discouraging Salary History Questions

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On April 12, 2019 – her 100th day in office – Maine Governor Janet T. Mills signed legislation entitled L.D. 278 “An Act Regarding Pay Equality” to promote pay equality by discouraging employers from basing wages on an employee’s salary history, according to a press release on …

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Illinois Governor Signs Executive Order that Includes Ban on Salary History Questions for State Jobs

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On January 15, 2019 – during his first full day in office – Illinois Governor Jay Robert “J.B.” Pritzker signed Executive Order 2019-02, a package of legislation and executive orders designed to raise and protect the wages of working families that included a ban on asking applicants …

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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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