New Fair Chance Law bans Washington employers from asking about criminal history

On Tuesday March 13, 2018, Governor Inslee signed into law a bill that would ban employers from adding that “box” that asks about one’s criminal background history during the initial application process.

Under House Bill 1298, an employer may no do the following:

  • include any question on any job application;
  • inquire either orally or in writing;
  • receive information through a criminal history background check;
  • or otherwise obtain information;

about an applicant’s criminal record until after the employer initially determines that the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position.

Once the employer has initially determined that the applicant is otherwise qualified, the employer may inquire into or obtain information about a criminal record.

An employer may not advertise employment openings in a way that excludes people with criminal records from applying. Ads that state “no felons,” “no criminal background,” or otherwise convey similar messages are prohibited.

An employer may not implement any policy or practice that automatically or categorically excludes individuals with a criminal record from consideration prior to an initial determination that the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position.

Exemptions 
Certain employers are exempt (§ 4) from these prohibitions, including employers who are expressly permitted or required under federal or state law to inquire into or consider information about an applicant’s or employee’s criminal record for employment purposes. This would include jobs in law enforcement, state agencies, schools and other businesses that supervise children, persons with disabilities and vulnerable adults.

The law is expected to take effect on June 6, 2018. Additional provisions are contained in the text of the law.

For the sake of our All In One Posters, it has not been determined at this moment whether a mandatory notice is required to be posted.

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Maryland Releases Updated Sick and Safe Leave Poster and Model Policies Under Healthy Working Families Act

Maryland has released an updated poster and model policies regarding its sick and safe leave law, which is currently in effect. The newly updated poster will be included in our Maryland All-In-One posters beginning March 16, 2018. For customers who have already purchased 2018 Maryland posters earlier this year, you may download, print, and post this bilingual notice beside your existing poster.

Updated Poster and Model Policies
An employer must notify its employees that they are entitled to earned sick and safe leave under the law. The state has released an updated poster (in English and Spanish) for employer use. Additionally, model policies for employee handbooks or other employee benefits documents are available.

Note: These documents (as well as the FAQs discussed below) are intended to provide general guidance about the law’s requirements and may be subject to change. The state is expected to release final guidance documents in the future.

Updated FAQs and Additional Resources
The state has also released updated FAQs that address various topics (e.g., applicability, accrual, use, verification) regarding the sick and safe leave law.

Additional resources (including guidance and executive orders) are available by clicking here.

Background
Under the law, an employer with 15 or more employees generally must provide an employee with paid earned sick and safe leave, while an employer with 14 or fewer employees must (at least) provide an employee with unpaid earned sick and safe leave. The law does not apply to an employee who (among other things) regularly works less than 12 hours a week.

Originally posted by HR360

Maryland Healthy Working Families Act Information – Earned Sick and Safe Leave

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act has gone into effect on February 11, 2018.

However, official and final policies and posters have not yet been completed at this time. The Maryland Department of Labor has created a draft sample employee notice that you may download, print and post in the meantime. You may access this bilingual notice by clicking HERE. This draft sample notice WILL NOT be included in our combination posters at this time as this is only a draft sample.

You may read more about this here: http://dllr.state.md.us/paidleave/

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