Westchester County, New York Bans the Box

Effective March 4, 2019:  Westchester County employers may not inquire into (in writing or otherwise), or make any statement related to, a criminal conviction or arrest record of any person in an application for employment.  The term “any statement” is defined as “in writing or otherwise to the applicant for purposes of obtaining an applicant’s criminal background information regarding: (i) an arrest record or (ii) a conviction record.”

After submission of an employment application, an employer may inquire about the applicant’s arrest or conviction record.  However, before taking any adverse employment action based on such inquiry, the employer must analyze the applicant’s criminal record.  If requested by the applicant, the employer must provide a written statement setting forth the reasons for the adverse action.

Full text of the Westchester County law.

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Suffolk County, New York Enacts Salary History Ban

Effective June 30, 2019:  Employers in Suffolk County, New York are prohibited from inquiring about a job applicant’s salary history at any time in the hiring process.  Under the Restricting Information on Salaries and Earnings Act, also known as the “RISE Act,” employers with four or more employees may not:

  • Inquire, in any form (orally, in writing, or otherwise), about an applicant’s wage or salary history, including, but not limited to, compensation and benefits; or
  • Rely on the salary history of an applicant for employment in determining the wage or salary amount for such applicant at any stage of employment, including at offer or contract.

Either or both of the above-mentioned actions will constitute an unfair discriminatory practice by the employer.

Full text of the Suffolk County Law.

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Attention Missouri and Michigan Employers: Marijuana Laws are now in Effect

Effective today, December 6, 2018:  Missouri’s medical marijuana law and Michigan’s recreational marijuana law are now effective.  These laws were passed in November, with Missouri joining 30 other states and Washington D.C. to have a medical marijuana law and Michigan becoming the 10th state, along with Washington D.C., to have a recreational marijuana law.

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Effective Immediately: Medical Marijuana Now Legal in Utah

The Utah legislature met yesterday in a special session to discuss and vote on the Medical Marijuana Compromise Bill.  Both the Utah Senate and House of Representatives voted by large margins to pass the medical marijuana bill, thereby replacing the ballot initiative voters has previously approved on November 6th.  Since the bill passed with more than 2/3 support, it will go into effect immediately.  Governor Gary Herbert noted: “[w]orking with trained medical professionals, qualified patients in Utah will be able to receive quality-controlled cannabis products from a licensed pharmacist in medical dosage form.”

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Utah Medical Marijuana Law Remains Undecided, Despite Being Voted On

Utah lawmakers are working to revise Proposition 2, a voter-approved medical marijuana law.  A special session has been set for this coming Monday, December 3rd to review a “compromised bill.”  If approved, this new law would replace the ballot measure that was approved on November 6th.

Changes include removing the provision for growing your own marijuana and also creating a state-run dispensary model.  The compromise is being made among marijuana proponents, including the Utah Patients Coalition and the Libertas Institute, and opponents, including the Utah Medical Association and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Supporters argue the new bill would help preserve public safety, while providing relief to patients.

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Hire Image to Host Free Webinar: Who Are You and What Have You Done with the Person I Hired? A guide to uncovering the truth during an applicant interview.

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 3:00 PM EST, Hire Image will host a Free Webinar: Who Are You and What Have You Done with the Person I Hired? A guide to uncovering the truth during an applicant interview. Hire Image’s CEO, Christine Cunneen, and Dave Thompson, VP of Operations at Wicklander-Zulawski & Associates, will discuss the benefits of implementing interview techniques used by Certified Forensic Interviewers in obtaining the truth from candidates in a pre-employment interview. A crucial component to background screening is the conversation had with a candidate, allowing hiring managers to understand the full scope of any red flags and make a more educated decision. Learn how to properly establish credibility, reduce resistance, and structure questions that maximize your chances in obtaining the truth.

This webinar is approved for SHRM PDC credit.
This webinar is approved for HRCI credit.

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