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Iowa Changes Employer Standards for Positive Alcohol Tests

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The Iowa legislature has lowered the threshold at which private employers can take action against a hire based upon a positive alcohol test. Beginning July 1, 2018, state employers may consider taking action against an employee with a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, as low as .02%. Previously, state law restricted organizations from considering action against any worker with a BAC below .04%.

What is Ban the Box anyway?

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We have been hearing more and more about Ban the Box; and states, municipalities, and cities have been enacting new legislation in rapid succession. The “Box” has historically been present in employment applications and asks candidates to report if they have been convicted of a crime.

New Vermont Law prohibiting Employers from asking about salary history

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Effective July 1, 2018, employers in Vermont will need to ensure their hiring processes are in compliance with HB 294. The new law requires that employers refrain from inquiring about an applicant’s current or past compensation, including wages, salary, bonuses, benefits, fringe benefits, and equity-based compensation, as part of the hiring and screening process.

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