Federal Fair Chance Act Limits Criminal Background Checks for Job Applicants

The Fair Chance Act seeks to give ex-offenders released from prison and those with a past criminal conviction a better chance of obtaining employment with federal contractors and federal agencies by deferring any inquiry into a job applicant’s criminal history until a conditional job offer is extended. This follows a trend of “ban the box” laws that have been enacted in various states and localities.   How the Fair Chance

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San Francisco Amends Fair Chance Ordinance—New City Poster Required

A few months ago, we reported that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an amendment to the Fair Chance Ordinance (FCO), effective October 1, 2018. The amended Fair Chance Ordinance regulates when and how San Francisco employers and city contractors may ask about and use arrest and conviction records when making hiring decisions. We are pleased to report that the city’s Office of Labor Standards Enforcement has released a

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More Changes for California—Updated State Poster Required

California’s Transgender Rights in the Workplace notice and the combined Unemployment Insurance/Disability Insurance/Paid Family Leave notice have just been updated. What Employers and Employees Need to Know Transgender Rights in the Workplace The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) updated the notice to include a new language related to bathroom privacy. Where possible, employers should provide an easily accessible unisex single-stall bathroom for use by any employee who

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The Wait Is Over—California Issues Update to Workplace Discrimination Notice

We’ve been anticipating the release of California’s updated Workplace Discrimination and Harassment notice, produced by the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). This update is based on the passage of Senate Bill 396, which was approved by Governor Brown in October 2017 and is in effect as of January 1, 2018. We are excited to report that the DFEH released the notice late last week, and we’ve completed all

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Los Angeles Updates Fair Chance Hiring Law

In early 2017, the City of Los Angeles passed The Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, which provides protections for job applicants and employees who have criminal backgrounds. All employers doing business in the city who have 10 or more employees are subject to the law. Employers should be aware that the city just updated the ordinance’s workplace notice, which has a new revision date of 7/17. Existing and New

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Trending City & County Labor Laws

A remarkable number of city and county labor laws have been issued within the last 12 months. Many cities and counties now require employers to post local notices along with their mandatory state and federal labor law posters. To find out if your city or county requires a mandatory labor law poster click here. Minimum Wage Ordinances Prior to 2012, there were only five cities or counties that passed local

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New Fair Chance Hiring Law Enacted in Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles passed a new law, which takes effect January 22, 2017. The Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring provides protections for job applicants who have criminal backgrounds. The law applies to any employer doing business in the city who has 10 or more employees. Some Requirements of the Law Employers may not inquire about or seek information related to an applicant’s criminal history until after a conditional

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A New Law for San Francisco—A New Poster for Your Workplace!

The City of San Francisco just released its new poster, which reflects the new Paid Parental Leave Ordinance and amendments to two existing laws. Read on to find out what’s changing in the City by the Bay! Details of the Paid Parental Leave Ordinance The new Paid Parental Leave Ordinance went into effect on January 1, 2017 for large employers. The law provides parents with up to 6 weeks of

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The Never Ending Story of Massachusetts Labor Posters

  Do you know how many mandatory changes have taken place to the Massachusetts labor posters so far this year? We’re not even exaggerating when we tell you that there have been 4 required changes to the state labor posters over the last 6 months. You don’t have to be wicked smart to figure out that this is not a typical year for Massachusetts labor laws. Let’s take a look

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Massachusetts Creates Earned Sick Time Poster and Updates Fair Employment Poster

The latest required changes to the Massachusetts labor law poster are on the Earned Sick Time and Fair Employment posters. The new Earned Sick Time poster highlights that employees have the right to earn and take sick leave under the new Earned Sick Time Law beginning on July 1st. This new law covers all employees, including full-time workers, part-time workers, seasonal employees, and temporary employees. Employees can earn and use

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