Massachusetts Court Allows Woman to Sue Employer for Marijuana Use

A major precedent has been set by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. On Monday the court ruled that a woman who had been terminated due to testing positive for marijuana which was prescribed to her can sue her former employer for handicap discrimination. The court rejected the former employers’ claim that she could not sue…

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City of New York and Oregon Pass Equal Pay Act

Oregon has passed legislation prohibiting employers from screening job applicant based on their salary history. On June 1, 2017, Governor Kate Brown signed into law the Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017. Section 4 of the law will make it unlawful to screen job seekers based on current or previous compensation before a conditional job…

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New York City Prohibits Employers from Asking About Salary History

Just like the “Ban the Box” movement a new bill is being passed in several cities and states that ban employers from asking job applicants about previous wages earned. The New York law signed by City Mayor Bill de Blasio on May 4th will prohibit employers from asking a job applicant about their salary history…

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Employers Permissible Purpose for Using Background Checks

When employers engage a third party company to conduct employment background checks the first question that should be asked by the vendor, what is your permissible purpose for pulling these reports? The only logical answer is for employment purposes, however employers also feel that they can “double dip” if you will and use the reports…

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5 Items to Include in your Background Screening Policy for 2017

1. Ban the Box Compliance – It’s only a matter of time before every employer nationwide must adhere to ban the box regulations, be proactive and add this to your screening policy. 2. Social Medial Searches – employers are now screening applicant’s social media profiles as part of the screening process. There are certain parameters…

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Connecticut Jumps on the “Ban the Box” Bandwagon

Connecticut has become the latest state to implement statewide legislation banning employers from asking job applicants about previous criminal activity “at the onset of the employment process”. The new law which is titled “An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment” Public Act No. 1t6-83 states that employers may still conduct criminal background checks, however this may…

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Top 4 Background Screening Trends for 2017

1. “Ban the Box” is here to stay It’s only a matter of time when employers will have to completely do away with the question on an employment application inquiring about previous criminal convictions. Currently over 100 jurisdictions and the federal government recognize “Ban the Box”, employers should be proactive and jump on the bandwagon!…

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