Archive for February 2019

Atlanta bans salary history questions during hiring

Atlanta has removed the salary history question on employment applications in an effort to ensure fair hiring practices. Studies have shown that on average, women earn 80 cents for every dollar their male counterpart earns. For women of color, the wage gap is even more disparate. Black women on average earn 62 cents for every…

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Congress considers nationwide bill banning employers from asking salary history questions

The Paycheck Fairness Act is again being introduced in Congress, seeking the prohibition of employers nationwide from asking job applicants about their salary history and requiring employers to prove that pay disparities between men and women are job-related. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., introduced the bill in January. “Despite the enactment of the Equal Pay Act of 1963…

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U.S. employers face significant changes to H-1B lottery process

The changes are significant, employers should take note: An electronic registration requirement for U.S. employers wishing to file H-lB cap subject petition DHS has suspended the electronic registration requirement for this year’s FY2020 H-lB cap. Therefore, U.S. employers who seek to file an H-lB cap-subject petition in this year’s upcoming FY2020 lottery can follow the…

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Workplace drug overdoses on the rise

An increase in overdoses — as well as drug-related deaths — in the workplace nationwide has led to a renewed focus on employment drug policies and screening procedures. A Dayton Daily News examination of new federal labor data found that it was the fifth consecutive year that unintentional workplace overdoses and drug-related deaths both increased…

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January 2019 employment: US adds 304,000 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 edged up to 4.0%. while the economy added 304,000 jobs, in January. Both the unemployment rate, at 4.0 percent, and the number of unemployed persons, at 6.5 million, edged up in…

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South Carolina weighing up 'ban the box' legislation

Several bills are pending in South Carolina state legislature right now that could have a significant impact on employers across the state. One of the most significant is House Bill 3463: a ‘ban the box‘ proposal that would prohibit employment applications from including questions related to convictions of a crime, unless the crime directly relates…

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