Last week, the “Ban the Box” ordinance in San Francisco took effect, and New Jersey and Illinois enacted similar measures. While the measures differ slightly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the overall effect is the same. Employers are prohibited from asking applicants whether they have been convicted of a crime on a job application, or before the applicant has passed through initial screening and is considered basically qualified. Employers are free to ask about criminal records later in the recruitment process if the existence of a criminal record is relevant to the position for which the employer is hiring. Studies show that if an applicant makes it to an interview, the employer is more likely to hire the applicant even after finding out about a criminal record.
In other developments:
- Forbes looked at implicit bias and discussed some strategies to create diversity training to overcome it.
- Corporate Counsel covered how to deal with the employee who is suing you (a/k/a how to prevent a retaliation claim).
- ABC News reported how Apple is working to be more inclusive now that it has revealed the lack of diversity in its workforce.
- Inc described how ex-employees can be cybersecurity risks.
- Robin Shea described the differences between teleworking and teleslacking.
- Jon Hyman gave practical advice: do not ask an employee to work during FMLA leave.
- A Colorado man is taking his employer to court after they terminated him for his legal use of medical marijuana.
- The Atlantic covered something new to worry about: the risks created by insects in the workplace.
Posted by: Kate Bischoff