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Hiring

Ban criminal history queries on applications

09/05/2019
It’s time to reconsider your practice of asking potential employees about their criminal record histories. That’s especially true if you ask the question upfront, on your application or before you have even reviewed candidates’ other qualifications.

Are you at risk of an ICE workplace raid?

08/29/2019
Massive immigration raids at Mississippi chicken processing plants received extensive media attention in August. What wasn’t widely reported was how ICE came to target the plants and conduct surprise, near-simultaneous raids across Mississippi. Now we know.

Filling out a new Form I-9? Check its expiration date

08/27/2019
The federal Form I-9, used to verify a new hire’s employment eligibility, carried an expiration date of 8/31/19. The Department of Homeland Security was expected to publish a new version of the form by the end of August.

Begin preparations now for next spring’s H-2B visa hiring

08/27/2019
If you plan to seek H-2B visa holders to begin work starting next April, now is the time to start preparing, says employer-side immigration attorney James J. O’Brien.

Texas suit challenges EEOC background check rules

08/01/2019
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral arguments in a case brought by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The suit challenges 2012 EEOC guidelines on the use of criminal background checks in hiring.

Criminal background checks in the Ban the Box era

07/09/2019
If and when to use hiring tools such as background checks for employment and criminal background checks depends on many factors.

Supreme Court agrees to hear DACA case

07/03/2019
Before adjourning for the summer, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments during its 2019-2020 term on the constitutionality of the federal government’s Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.

Questions and answers: How to hire in a legally safe way

07/02/2019
If it goes well, hiring a new employee is the beginning of a fruitful working relationship. But hiring can also be a legal minefield in which one wrong step can lead to a costly lawsuit. This Q&A is designed to keep you on the right hiring path.

Apprenticeship rule announced, plus millions in program support

06/25/2019
The U.S. Department of Labor on June 24 announced a proposed rule “to advance the development of high-quality, industry-recognized apprenticeship programs.”

Kardashian, Trump urge employment opportunities for former inmates

06/18/2019
Celebrity Kim Kardashian West visited the White House June 13 to join President Trump in announcing that the administration is “taking crucial steps” to encourage employers to hire former inmates.