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Support grows for ‘Ban the Box’ law

Kenneth Barksdale spent 20 years in prison — two of those in solitary confinement — on four separate convictions. But he survived that battle only to be thrust headlong into another upon his release — finding a job. The obstacle, ...

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‘Ban the Box’ forum scheduled

Members and supporters of the Opportunity to Compete Coalition will testify before the Rochester City Council at a forum scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today. The forum is to explain the importance of “banning the box” on employment applications and how ...

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Merits of non-compete agreement questioned

A non-compete agreement between a Henrietta company and one of its former employees is too overly broad to stop the employee from working at another company until the case is ultimately decided, a federal court has ruled. U.S. District Court ...

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Rochester considers ‘fairer’ employment law

Many qualified, skilled people are losing out on job opportunities because of past criminal convictions. The vast majority are not ex-prisoners or ex-felons, but people who have misdemeanor records for which they have done community service or probation and most ...

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Court: Severance payments are taxable

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court says employers must pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on severance packages given to workers who were laid off involuntarily. The justices ruled 8-0 that retailer Quality Stores Inc. was not allowed to ...

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Managers hear about employment changes

Court decisions and changes in federal and state regulations continue to change the employment landscape, making it necessary for managers to keep up to date. A few of those changes were reviewed Friday by Michael A. Hausknecht, a partner in ...

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Court debates union fees for nonunion workers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether making nonunion home health care workers in Illinois pay “fair-share” union fees is an unconstitutional violation of their First Amendment rights. The case could have major implications for public service unions. ...

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EEOC’s focus may signal forthcoming guidance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recent focus on compliance and enforcement issues surrounding laws barring national origin-based job bias has some attorneys wondering if new guidance may be forthcoming. The EEOC held a meeting on Nov. 13 to address the ...

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EEOC puts new focus on severance agreements

For most employers, severance agreements are essential tools for ensuring that the end of an employment relationship does not lead to litigation. But a recent lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that an overly broad severance agreement ...

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Labor law crackdown

The U.S. Department of Labor wants restaurants and other employers to realize it is serious about violations to the Fair Labor Standards Act’s wage-and-hour laws. Over the past three years, the DOL has increased the consequences for employers who violate ...

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