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New York City Council Overrides Veto and Makes Sick Time Act Law

Posted by admin on July 16, 2013

The New York City Council has mandated that employers offer paid sick leave for workers by passing the New York City Earned Sick Time Act, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the bill. At least five sick days per year have been awarded to almost one million employees under the new law, which will come into effect April 1, 2014. This is a big step for the city and human resources professionals should be aware of how to deal with the recent change in the coming months. New York follows Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Connecticut in the move to get employers to offer employees sick days.

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Topics: New York, HR Compliance

Moreau Town Board Calls for New Background Check Policy

Posted by admin on June 10, 2013

The city of Moreau, New York, has been taking background checks into consideration as the Town Board focuses its efforts on the past actions of employees working with children, seniors and disabled members of the community, according to Post Star. Due to a recent case involving a past offender who falsified information on his job application for a town position, officials will be extra cautious when it comes to examining the criminal pasts of their employees. The background check policy focuses on employees in positions that deal with "vulnerable" members of society. Preston Jenkins, a supervisor for the town, says a background check should be routine for particular employers.

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Topics: New York, Background Checks

NY Town Mandates Employment Screening After Hiring Sex Offender

Posted by admin on June 05, 2013

A town in upstate New York is set to implement a background check policy for all employees and job applicants to city positions after a man who lied about his status as a sexual offender was allowed to gain employment.

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Topics: New York, HR Compliance

Buffalo Latest to Ban the Box on Job Applications

Posted by admin on June 04, 2013

Add the city of Buffalo to the growing list of state and local governments that have moved to remove questions of criminal history from job applications. An interesting development in Buffalo's case is that the ordinance will apply to all employers within the city, not just public entities.

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Topics: New York, HR Compliance

NYC adopts anti-discrimination against the unemployed measure

Posted by admin on March 18, 2013

Despite opposition from the mayor, New York City adopted a regulation that would ban employers in the state from discriminating against those who are currently unemployed when making hiring decisions.

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Topics: New York, HR Compliance

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