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Michigan Issues Redaction FAQs

As Hire Image reported last year, Michigan issued an order to redact dates of birth from court records, rendering it far more difficult, if not impossible, to match records to applicants for employment and rental housing. The Michigan Supreme Court also ordered that dates of birth be removed from the …

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Attention New York City Employers: Salary Disclosure Law Effective Date Delayed to November 1, 2022

As Hire Image previously reported, a salary disclosure law was proposed in New York City requiring employers with four or more employees to provide the minimum and maximum salaries for any advertised job, promotion, or transfer opportunity. The bill would amend the NY State Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA), “in …

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EEOC Issues Technical Assistance

The ADA and the Impact of Using AI in Employment-Related Decisions   Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a technical assistance document addressing how existing ADA requirements may apply to the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in employment-related decision making. The technical assistance document discusses how the use …

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Michigan Unemployment Agency Hired ‘High-Risk’ Workers with Criminal Records

At the onset of the pandemic, the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) was in a rush to hire thousands of workers (with the help of three staffing agencies). In their haste, they failed to ensure that background checks were conducted. A recent audit found that as a result of this …

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Boston Bar Did Not Conduct Background Check on Bouncer Accused of Murder

A bouncer at a Boston bar was arrested and is being held without bail on murder charges, accused of stabbing a 23-year-old, recently discharged Marine after denying him entry into the establishment. The manager of the bar reported that no background check was conducted prior to his hire, as they …

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Washington Employers to Include Salary Ranges and Benefits in Job Postings

Effective January 1, 2023, Washington employers with 15 or more employees must include salary ranges and a description of benefits in all job postings, whether written or electronic, that relate to a “specific available position.” Under the current law, employers only had to disclose salary ranges after extending a job …

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NYC Subway Shooter Had Long Criminal History

Frank R. James, the man arrested in connection to the NYC subway shooting this week, has a criminal history dating back decades. That criminal history includes a terrorist threat in the 1990s, where he was sentenced only to probation. He also had nine prior arrests in New York City from …

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FMCSA Shifts Driver Record Responsibilities to Carriers

Effective May 9, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new rule requires: Motor carriers (employers) to obtain motor vehicle records (MVRs) annually for their drivers from Canadian and Mexican licensing authorities, as well as from State Driver’s Licensing Agencies. The elimination of the requirement for commercial motor vehicle …

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Ban on Salary History Inquiries to Expand to Federal Contractors

Salary History Bans have made their way around the country at the state and local levels for the past decade. Now, one will make its way to federal contractors. On March 15, 2022, President Biden issued an Executive Order  (“Executive Order on Advancing Economy, Efficiency, and Effectiveness in Federal Contracting by …

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Charlotte Police Fight Increase in Shoplifting Recidivism

According to Charlotte, North Carolina police, there is a new “profession” in the city … shoplifting. And it’s “workers” seem to have a lot of experience. The police warn that home improvement stores, Walmart stores, and grocery stores are being targeted by people making a living from shoplifting. “People don’t …

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South Dakota Governor Votes Bill Aimed at Removing Marijuana Charges From Background Checks

Recent South Dakota legislation would have automatically removed certain marijuana charges from a defendant’s public record as long as they were at least five years old, all court-ordered conditions had been satisfied, and the defendant had not been convicted of any further offenses. However, the Governor of South Dakota refused …

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Utah Enacts Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Legislation

On March 24th, the Utah Consumer Privacy Act (UCPA) was signed into law, with an effective date of December 31, 2023.  Utah is the fourth state to enact this type of legislation, following California, Virginia,  and Colorado. And while similar in many respects, the UCPA takes a more business-friendly approach …

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