Illinois Ban the Box Law

Illinois Ban the Box
A new Illinois Ban the Box law went into effect on January 1, 2015.

A new Illinois Ban the Box law that went into effect on January 1, 2015 prohibits employers from asking about an employee’s criminal background on applications or during the early part of the selection and recruiting process. The “Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act” was signed by Governor Pat Quinn in July 2014. It prevents employers or their agents from... Read More

California Heat Stroke Law

California Heat Stroke Law
California Heat Stroke Law

The state of California continues to place obligations for preventing employee heat stroke onto employers. In the latest move, on January 1, 2015 California heat stroke law clarified that cooldown periods or “recovery periods” must be paid, by state law. In a series of regulations beginning in 2013 under the CAL-OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Regulations, the state has required all... Read More

San Jose, CA 2015 Minimum Wage is $10.15

San Jose, CA 2015 Minimum Wage is $10.15
San Jose, CA 2015 Minimum Wage is $10.15

The San Jose, CA 2015 minimum wage is $10.15, up from $10 per hour. Like San Francisco, San Jose provides annual cost of living increases to the city’s minimum wage. This wage rate applies to workers inside the city limits, even when the business is based elsewhere in the state or nation. This increase is expected to impact about 54,000... Read More

Federal Transgender Employment Discrimination Law

Federal Transgender Employment Discrimination Law
Federal Transgender Employment Discrimination Law

The EEOC and the Justice Department have each issued warnings that employers who discriminate against workers based on sexual orientation, sexual identity, gender identification, transgender status and similar conditions are in violation of federal law. In late 2014, US Attorney General Eric Holder issued a memo reversing a narrower interpretation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by the Bush... Read More

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