Tag: Ban the Box

State Agencies Ban the Box on Applications On September 7, 2018, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed Executive Directive 2018-4 instructing all state departments and agencies to remove the felony question box that precedes job applications on the website that residents may use to apply for state employment. The felony conviction box will be replaced with…

Risk & Insurance magazine, a leader in risk management and commercial insurance news, recently interviewed ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer Laura Kerekes for an August 30 article on Ban the Box legislation. Ban the Box has been implemented in 31 states, where employers are no longer allowed to include a question on applications asking candidates if…

Ban the Box Amendments On April 13, 2018, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation (S.B. 2371) modifying the state’s current ban-the-box regulations as follows: Limiting the timeframe when an employer may ask an applicant about a misdemeanor conviction, or its resulting incarceration, to only three years before the date of his or her application for…

San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance Form Due April 30, 2018 On April 5, 2018, the San Francisco Office of Labor Standards (OLSE) held a webinar detailing how to complete the 2017 Employer Annual Reporting Form under the city’s Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO). Employers covered by the HCSO are required to submit this form by April 30, 2018 or…

At ThinkHR, knowledge makes us tick. We are always on the lookout for the latest workplace and human resources news, trends, research, and law. Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this month. Work is Killing Us Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer’s new book, Dying for Paycheck, offers convincing evidence that workplace stress…

Military Leave Clarifications On March 15, 2018, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation (H.B. 2851) clarifying the calculation of military leave for officers and employees that work shifts spanning more than one calendar day. According to the legislation, if the officer or employee is scheduled to work a shift that begins on one calendar day and…

Spokane Ban the Box Ordinance In December 2017, the City of Spokane enacted a ban the box ordinance prohibiting employers from advertising restrictions on job applicants based on arrest or conviction records or inquiring into arrest or conviction records until after interview. The ordinance provides limited exceptions, establishes penalties, and enacts new chapters 09.02 and…

Question: We have employees in Seattle and would like detailed information about the “Ban the Box” law and how it might impact us. Answer: Seattle’s “Job Assistance Ordinance” became effective November 1, 2013 and regulates employers’ use of arrest and conviction records when making employment decisions regarding individuals who perform work in the city of…

Question: Is there a new law in California that restricts an employer’s ability to ask about felony convictions? If so, should we revise our employment application? Answer: California Labor Code § 432.7 already prohibited public and private employers from asking an applicant for employment to disclose information concerning the following: An arrest or detention that…