Hawaii has narrowed the scope of what information employers can consider regarding a job applicant’s conviction history.

​A significant share of the labor force began freelancing for the first time at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, social distancing measures led traditional gig workers to cut back on work, according to an annual study of the freelance workforce.Edelman Intelligence conducted the research for Upwork, a freelance-jobs platform in Santa Clara, Calif. It surveyed 6,000 working freelancers and employees between June 15 and July 7.Thirty-four percent of freelancers polled started work

​Immigration filing fee hikes set to take effect Oct. 2 for employers of foreign national workers were temporarily halted last week by a U.S. federal judge.Judge Jeffrey S. White of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California blocked U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) from implementing the fee increases for a variety of reasons, including:That the agency did not adequately follow rulemaking procedures.That it failed to consider the negative impact of the hi

​The House Education and Labor Committee recently passed legislation reauthorizing the National Apprenticeship Act (NAA), which would invest billions of dollars in the work-based learning model, codify standards, and expand apprenticeship to new communities and industries.The legislation authorizes $3.5 billion in new spending over the next five years toward registered apprenticeships managed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the states.Registered apprenticeships have, by regulation—but

Federal agencies announced on Oct. 6 long-expected reforms to the H-1B visa program for high-skilled foreign workers that will raise the bar for qualifying for the popular visas. The interim final rules, expected to be issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) later this week, would increase the required wages employers must pay their H-1B workers and redefine the degrees, occupations and employer-employee relationships eligible for the visas.

Under proposed rules, businesses with employees in Colorado would have to include the pay range and available benefits in job postings.

U.S. payrolls increased by 661,000 in September, less than what was expected, as the pace of rehiring has slowed and more layoffs are expected. The unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent from 8.4 percent in August, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As the coronavirus crisis continues and employers make difficult decisions about laying off or furloughing workers, they may want to review their noncompete agreements and decide if it still makes business sense to enforce them.

Employers are reevaluating workplace diversity at their organizations, starting with being more thoughtful about recruiting from a broader range of talent.

​It’s not unlikely for job candidates, particularly those in highly competitive industries or in sales, to have noncompete agreements with their current company. These agreements are often said to be tough to enforce, depending on the job market, yet they are used by companies to discourage employees in key positions from taking their knowledge and expertise to a competitor.Roughly half of establishments (49.4 percent) indicate that at least some of their employees were requi