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Massachusetts First To Enact Pay Equity Legislation

August 03, 2016

On August 1, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed Bill S.2119, “An Act to Establish Pay Equity” into law. Effective July 1, 2018, the Act makes history as the first law of its kind to addre...

Philadelphia Regulates Employer Use of Credit Information

July 23, 2016

On June 7, the city of Philadelphia became one of the few cities to regulate the use of credit history information in employment decisions after Mayor Jim Kenney signed Bill No. 160072 into law. Emplo...

Portland Ban the Box Ordinance & Administrative Rules in Effect

July 12, 2016

As of July 1, 2016, employers with six or more employees in Portland, Oregon must ensure compliance with City’s ban the box Ordinance. One of the stricter ban the box laws in the country, further cl...

Connecticut Passes Ban the Box Law

May 18, 2016

Connecticut has joined the numerous states, cities and counties that impose ban the box requirements onto private employers. As a reminder, “ban the box” refers to the act of regulating the timing...

Vermont Enacts Ban the Box

May 05, 2016

On May 3, Vermont became the latest state to enact ban the box legislation when Governor Peter Shumlin signed House Bill 261 into law. The act takes effect July 1, 2017 and will apply to any employer ...

Pennsylvania Passes Medical Marijuana Law

April 26, 2016

Pennsylvania has joined the ever growing list of states with laws allowing for and protecting the use of medical marijuana. The Pennsylvania law, Medical Marijuana Act, allows individuals to use medic...

White House Announces Fair Chance Business Pledge

April 14, 2016

The White House issued a press release on April 11 announcing a new initiative – the Fair Chance Business Pledge. According to the announcement, 19 companies pledged to: Voice strong support for eco...

Austin, Texas Passes Ban the Box Ordinance

April 13, 2016

On March 24, the Austin City Council passed Ordinance No. 20160324-019 establishing fair chance hiring standards within the city. Commonly known as a “ban the box” law, the Ordinance represents th...

NYC Issues Proposed Fair Chance Act Rule Amendments

March 18, 2016

The New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) has issued proposed rule amendments regarding the Fair Chance Act. At the heart of the proposed rule amendments is the creation of per se violatio...

Court Upholds Employee Termination Following Positive Alcohol Test

March 16, 2016

On March 1, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi upheld an employee’s termination following a positive alcohol test.1 Case Background The plaintiff was originally hired b...

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