Rhode Island Enacts “Ban the Box” Law Prohibiting Employment Application Criminal History Inquiries Until First Job Interview

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Effective January 1, 2014, a recent amendment to Rhode Island law will restrict the timing of pre-employment inquiries by Rhode Island employers about a job applicant’s criminal past. Employers who are covered by the law may not inquire about an applicant’s prior criminal history until during or after the first interview with the applicant.   […]

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Rhode Island Enacts “Ban the Box” Law Limiting Criminal Background Checks

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As of January 1, 2014, Rhode Island employers will be restricted in their inquiries about an applicant’s criminal records. Employers may not inquire about a job applicant’s criminal history until during or after the applicant’s first interview. This recent amendment to Rhode Island’s Fair Employment Practices law mimics the trend toward laws enacted in other […]

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Do Employee Protections for Marijuana Use Exist Under the Law?

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Many employers in the United States are struggling to respond to an ever-changing legal framework surrounding marijuana use. As more state populations and legislatures consider and approve the medical—and, in the case of Colorado and Washington, the recreational—use of marijuana, the fundamental question for many organizations is: do we need to accommodate our employees’ ability […]

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Transportation Employers Feel the Pressures of a Growing Workforce

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While the transportation industry continues to have an optimistic hiring outlook, increases in workforce size have created added pressures for hiring managers. As revealed by HireRight’s recently released Transportation Spotlight from its 2013 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, more than 70 percent of surveyed respondents expect to see an increase in their workforce over the next […]

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Flurry of New Employment Laws Regulating Use of Criminal Records Continues with Expanded Restrictions in IN, NC, TX and Buffalo, NY

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Released in April 2012, the updated Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Enforcement Guidance specifies public policy interests for protecting the employment of ex-offenders in the workplace under “Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1963.” Minnesota recently passed its own “Ban the Box” law […]