New Year, New Employment Laws – Five Changes in Employment Law to be Aware of for 2021

New Year, New Employment Laws – Five Changes in Employment Law to be Aware of for 2021

Beginning December 2021, a new federal law – the Fair Chance Act – will prohibit federal contractors nationwide from inquiring about a job applicant’s criminal history during the initial stages of the application process. The new restrictions will only apply to positions related to work under the federal contract that subjects the contractor to the Fair Chance Act. The Act was signed into law by President Trump in December of 2019 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

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11 Best Practices for Background Screening: To avoid a host of litigation-inviting pitfalls when vetting candidates, employers should adopt a few key principles and protocols.

11 Best Practices for Background Screening: To avoid a host of litigation-inviting pitfalls when vetting candidates, employers should adopt a few key principles and protocols.

Hiring executives confronting the checkerboard of state and local regulations on background screening can follow practitioner-tested conventions to dodge problems and improve outcomes.

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Four Things to Know about “Ban the Box” Restrictions: A nationwide trend creates new legal exposure for employers researching a candidate’s criminal history

Four Things to Know about “Ban the Box” Restrictions: A nationwide trend creates new legal exposure for employers researching a candidate’s criminal history

“Ban the Box” is a fast-growing nationwide movement that seeks to protect job applicants who have criminal records by eliminating any inquiry into such histories on initial job applications. As of 2019, 35 states and more than 150 cities and counties had adopted ban-the-box laws, according to the National Employment Law Project.

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