Background Checks

California Salary History Ban

California is one of 13 states to limit an employer’s investigation into and use of an applicant’s salary history information during the hiring process.  California’s salary history law first went into effect on January 1, 2018, as a measure to address the wage gap that persists between men and women.  California’s law prohibits employers from Read more

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This January, Hawaii will join a growing number of states that prohibit employers from using a job applicant’s current or prior salary history information to determine what compensation to offer the applicant.  Hawaii’s law will prohibit employers from asking job applicants directly about their salary history, searching publicly available records for an applicant’s salary history, Read more

Last month, our blog showcased several Washington State laws going into effect on June 7, 2018, protecting workers’ rights related to equal pay, domestic violence, and sexual harassment.  In this post, we wrap up our coverage of Washington’s 2018 legislative term with the Washington State Fair Chance Act also going into effect in June. The Read more

Ban the Box

Our readers may recall that back in 2016, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Executive Order 16-04 to implement a ban the box policy for government entities. The law gives individuals a fair chance to apply to job positions without being required to disclose their criminal history. On February 1, 2018, the city council of Kansas Read more

Arizona Second Chance Policy "Bans the Box" for State Hires

On November 6, 2017, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed an executive order to “ban the box” on job applications for state agencies. This brings the state’s hiring policies in line with those of the federal government, which finalized fair chance regulations in 2016, as well as several of its own cities. In 2015, Tucson became Read more

Even as some states limit employers’ use of the federal E-Verify program to confirm the employment eligibility of new hires, a recent study shows low compliance rates in states where employers are legally mandated to use E-Verify. If accessibility is a factor, employers may soon have a new tool to make compliance easier. Last week, Read more

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed the Opportunity to Compete Act, also known as “Ban the Box” legislation. The law will go into effect March 1, 2015 and applies to New Jersey employers with 15 or more employees. Under the law, employers may not post job advertisements indicating that people that have been arrested Read more

The city of Columbia is the first city in Missouri to pass the “ban the box” ordinance. The ordinance that took effect December 1st was designed to make it easier for people with prior criminal backgrounds to compete in the job market. Employers in Columbia are now prohibited from asking applicants about criminal histories or Read more

The New Jersey legislature has approved to new bills that will affect New Jersey employers’ hiring practices. These measures are: “Ban the box”— a law that would prohibit employers from inquiring about job candidates’ criminal histories during the initial hiring process; and Discrimination against the unemployed— a law that would prohibit employers from considering applicants’ Read more