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The Newly Adopted Human Rights Ordinance is in Effect in Grand Rapids, Michigan! Are You Compliant?

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The City of Grand Rapids, MI passed the Human Rights Ordinance in August 2019. The law took effect December 1, 2019.  The Human Rights Ordinance covers several areas including: expanding protected classes, and discriminatory practices in hiring and tenant screening, as well as in places of public accommodation. Employers and landlords within the city should ensure they are in compliance as there are provisions within the ordinance for damages and attorney fees for those found to be in violation.

Update: Dollar General and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Resolve 6-Year Long Suit Involving Background Check Process! A Good Reminder to Evaluate Your Screening Process!

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We alerted you in early November to the motion filed to settle this suit. On November 18, 2019, the EEOC announced that the litigation is settled. While Dollar General is steadfast that their process is legal, and admits no wrongdoing, the settlement includes strict criteria to follow going forward concerning their screening process. This lawsuit is a good reminder to review your screening process to ensure compliance with Federal, State and local laws. We’ve compiled some great resources to assist you here.

The City of Columbia, SC Joins Ban-The-Box and Salary History Ban Movements!

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The City of Columbia joined in with multiple other cities, states and municipalities and will no longer ask about criminal history on their initial employment application and will refrain from asking about previous salaries. The City is encouraging its vendors to follow suit. Read more here.

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