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Whom Are You Hiring? Looking into an Applicant’s Checkered Past

For good reason, you probably spend a significant amount of time worrying about legal compliance for the employees on your payroll. But what about those who didn’t get the job? Some applicants might have simply lacked the necessary credentials, but others may have been weeded out through background checks. Many of you may consider criminal […]

Special from #SHRM2018: Can Applicants Own Their Background Information?

I recently sat down with Tammy Cohen, the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer with InfoMart at #SHRM2018. InfoMart puts background information into the hands of the owner—and uses block-chain technology to permanently store verified information. Note: As of 6/25/18 some corrections have been made.

California employers must adjust to new laws on leave, pay, criminal history

Pay equity, parental leave, and criminal history are hot topics that have been grabbing attention for some time, and employers in California now need to prepare for three newly signed laws addressing those issues. The new laws include restrictions on employers asking applicants questions related to salary history and criminal history and impose new parental […]

Bringing on new employees? Don’t let applications, interviews trigger legal woes

Most human resources professionals and others involved in hiring know how to steer clear of the most obvious off-limits questions on job applications and in interviews. Asking about someone’s race, national origin or ancestry, gender, religion, age, disability, etc. can quickly raise red flags related to unlawful discrimination. But less obvious questions also can put […]

West Virginia’s ‘second chance’ law takes effect July 7

by John R. Merinar, Jr. The West Virginia Second Chance for Employment Act, which is aimed at encouraging employers to open the doors of opportunity to certain nonviolent criminal offenders, will become law on July 7. The new law will allow individuals with certain criminal convictions the opportunity to petition the courts to change their […]

Fair Chance Business Pledge offers new way to evaluate applicants with criminal records

by Kaitlin L.H. Robidoux The White House is urging businesses to take the Fair Chance Business Pledge and commit to providing individuals with criminal records “a fair chance to participate in the American economy.” The idea behind the initiative is that individuals with a criminal history have trouble finding employment, and many communities are hurt […]

Portland, Oregon, ‘ban the box’ ordinance takes effect July 1

Employers in Portland, Oregon, need to be ready for the city’s new “ban the box” ordinance, which takes effect July 1. The state of Oregon’s ban-the-box law took effect January 1, but Portland’s ordinance goes further than the state law. Portland’s ordinance applies to businesses that (1) employ six or more employees and (2) have […]