Fair chance or Ban-the-Box laws restrict an employer from asking about an applicant’s criminal background history in the early stages of the hiring process. And while there is no federal Ban the Box law that applies to private sector employers, the EEOC and the Arizona Civil Rights Division prohibit employers from asking an applicant about an arrest record absent a compelling reason to do so.

An increase in COVID-19 cases across the nation has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recommend everyone – including fully vaccinated individuals – once again wear masks in indoor public settings where transmissions are considered “substantial” or “high.” To determine your regions level of community transmission (state/county or metro areas) checkout the CDC’s COVID-19 Data Tracker.

In the face of the current workforce shortage, many employers are revisiting current policies requiring employees to be at least 18 years of age and expanding job opportunities to young workers. Employers considering such policy changes should keep in mind state and federal child labor laws ensure minors receive access to safe occupations that do not jeopardize their health, well-being, or educational opportunities.

On July 21, 2021, Jennifer Abruzzo was confirmed by the U.S. Senate (51-50) to a four-year term as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Previously serving as Deputy General Counsel and Acting General Counsel for the NLRB during the Obama administration, Ms. Abruzzo most recently served as Special Counsel for Strategic Initiatives to the Communication Workers of America (CWA), the country’s largest communications and media labor union. Ms. Abruzzo’s confirmation signals yet another strong pro-union shift under the Biden administration.


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