Around the country, states and local municipalities have committed to ban the box legislation, which seeks to equalize opportunities in the job market for those with criminal histories. Few states have taken as large a step as California did when the state's governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1008, a statewide
Per coverage, some uncertainty existed in the final legislative text, so the California Fair Employment and Housing Council met to issue
The FEHC addressed other issues with their proposed regulations, reports note, including several potential ambiguities in the state's new mandatory family leave law. This legislation, which provides maternity or paternity leave to employees in companies of 20 or more people, required fine-tuning to prevent confusion during implementation. The refinements
The goal of the ban the box law is not to strip employers of their ability to choose who they hire but to ensure a level playing field so those who have paid their societal debt have a fair chance to re-enter the workforce. These new guidelines help to protect both employer and employee from unfair practices. As employers look to safeguard their businesses and customers from the negative effects of negligent hiring, thorough checks remain critical. backgroundchecks.com makes it straightforward for an employer who has extended a conditional offer to proceed with a check of statewide databases, known aliases, and other important information. For updates on the latest
It is important to note that for right now, these proposals are just that: proposals. The FEHC will convene a meeting in early April to allow for public comment on these potential regulations, and the council must take a vote to deny or adopt the new rules. Signs currently point to the FEHC voting in
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