Statehouses across the country continue to propose legislation at a frenzied pace. In February, as in January, more than 500 bills concerning labor and employment issues were either introduced or addressed in some fashion.
Recently, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council approved regulations that identify numerous ways in which employers can face liability when using criminal history in hiring and other employment decisions.
On February 15, 2017, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a bill prohibiting, with limited exceptions, employers’ use of or obtaining a job applicant's or employee's credit information for employment purposes.
Los Angeles’ mayor is expected to soon sign the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring, which will prohibit most private sector employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s criminal history until after making a conditional offer of employment.
Effective January 1, 2017, drivers participating with a Transportation Network Company (TNC) in California will be subject to mandatory criminal background checks, regardless of whether a driver is considered an employee or an independent contractor.
Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were decidedly less exotic.