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June 25th, 2018 / by Mike Cooney

Fair Chance in Washington State

Washington State’s new Fair Chance Act went into effect June 6th, 2018. This version of a ban-the-box law specifically prohibits employers from obtaining information, either in writing or verbally, about job applicants prior arrests or convictions until after the applicant is determined to be qualified or the position. Once... more

October 13th, 2017 / by Mike Cooney

Effective Immediately – Oregon Equal Pay Act of 2017

Effective immediately Employers are no longer allowed to ask candidates, or their former employers, about prior salary history. While the full protections of the Oregon Equal Pay Act don’t go into effect in January of 2019, parts of the multi-layered law are effective October 6th, 2017. Similar to the law passed in Massachusetts earlier, this law aims to quickly close pay gaps by prohibiting employers from screening applicants based on salary history. Further, employers cannot rely on salary history in determining compensation for a position based on a prospective employee’s current or past compensation. A second part of the law expands on existing prohibitions of discriminating against protected classes such as: race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or age, making it illegal to pay employees who perform comparable work differing rates of pay should they hold one of the statuses listed prior. Getting Ready The law... more

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