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Posted 1 year ago in Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
States Outlaw Employer Demands for Credit Checks

Last month Nevada joined a growing number of states and cities that are forbidding companies from using credit checks to make employment decisions. But the practice is still legal under federal law.   Nevada Joins Growing Number of States  Under Nevada’s new law, SB 127, employers cannot require prospective employees to submit credit reports as a condition of employment. It provides for a private cause of action: affected employees can sue the employer and force it to hire them, as …

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Posted 2 years ago in Editors Picks Labor and Employment by Michele Bowman  
NYC Employers Can’t Refuse to Hire the Unemployed

The New York City Council on Mar. 13 passed a law forbidding employers from discriminating against job applicants who are unemployed. It is the first law in the country to provide a private cause of action for people who are refused employment because they lack a job.    Stop Kicking Those Who Are Down The new law, Intro 814-A, allows rejected applicants to either sue the employer or report the discrimination to the New York City Commission on Human Rights, …

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Few Legal Protections for Domestic Workers

The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 did not include basic labor protections for household workers like nannies, caregivers and cleaners. Almost 80 years later, almost all domestic workers are still unprotected. Domestic workers are not covered by federal minimum wage laws or the minimum wage laws of most states. Generally, these workers are not eligible for unemployment insurance or protected by antidiscrimination or workers’ compensation laws. A 2012 survey found that 23 percent of domestic workers made less than …

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Posted 2 years ago in Editors Picks Taxation by Michele Bowman  
Surprise! Your 2012 Taxes Are Higher Than You Thought

After the close of another year, income taxes of course come to mind. While it’s clear we have to pay tax on our income, there are plenty of provisions in the tax code that require federal taxes to be paid on things you may not normally think of. As you’re gathering your forms and preparing to submit your returns, consider the following checklist of surprises, groaners, and ironies.   Unemployment Benefits It’s ironic but true – you have to pay …

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Posted 3 years ago in Labor and Employment by Courtney Sherwood  
Working as a Contractor? Make Sure You’re Protected

In today’s tough employment market, many job hunters would welcome any paying offer of work. But if you’re one of the millions of American workers who’ve entered the world of freelance or contract work status in recent years, you should know about the risks you are taking on. From 2005 to 2010, 4 million U.S. workers became independent contractors, according to Economic Modeling Specialists Inc., a company that analyzes federal employment data. These contractors range from full-time software developers who …

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