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Archive for September 2017

California bill bans asking job applicants about salary history

California employers could no longer ask job applicants about their salary history under a new bill authored by Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, Assembly Bill (A.B.) 168. The new legislation would ban employers from requesting the pay history of a job applicant in an effort to close the gender pay gap. The bill would also require employers to…

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How long does a background check take?

A question we’re asked time and again, always responding with an answer the questioner doesn’t want to hear… It depends. Background checks take different amounts of time because, well, background checks can be different. However, in general, most background checks can be completed between three days to two weeks. FBI checks usually take a little…

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E-verify may soon be required for all businesses

Earlier this month, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) introduced a bill – “The Legal Workforce Act” (H.R. 3711) – which would require all U.S. employers to use E-Verify to check the work eligibility of new hires. The bill phases in mandatory E-Verify participation for new hires in six month increments beginning on the date of enactment, depending on…

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Reminder: New I-9 Form deadline approaching

As of September 18, employers must use a revised version of the Form I-9. The revisions were minor: USCIS changed the name of the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices to its new name, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section USCIS removed “the end of” from the phrase “the first day of employment” What is…

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August 2017 employment: US adds 156,000 jobs

According to ‘The Employment Situation‘ report released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in the United States hovered around 4.4%, while the economy added 156,000 jobs, in August. The report also indicated that the number of unemployed persons in the U.S. remained stable at 7.1 million. After declining…

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