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State Briefs

Magazine article HRMagazine

State Briefs

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NEW YORK: THREE LARGEST CITIES 'BAN THE BOX'

For more than two decades, civil rights groups across the country have lobbied local and state governments to "ban the box"-in other words, to remove from employment applications the box to be checked by applicants if they have a criminal record. New York's three largest cities-Buffalo, New York City and Rochester-have all enacted such legislation. Generally, employers subject to such laws are permitted to ask about applicants' criminal records only later in the hiring process.

WEST VIRGINIA: THE 26TH RIGHT-TO-WORK STATE

On July 1, West Virginia will join 25 other states in prohibiting private employers from requiring workers to pay union dues, fees and assessments as a condition of employment. Although the state's democratic governor Earl Ray Tomblin initially vetoed the right-to-work measure, the state legislature overrode the veto. …

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