Monday, February 27, 2012
By JULIE STEINBERG (follow FINS on Twitter, Facebook and RSS)
If you’re unemployed, you know how hard it is to find a job. Not just because many people are vying for the same one, but because companies are able to say they won’t hire someone who currently doesn’t have a job.
More than a dozen states are looking at legislation that would make it illegal for companies to refuse to hire the unemployed.
States including Connecticut, California and Colorado are considering various sorts of bills. One would ban advertisements that mandate candidates be employed while others would allow job candidates who don’t snag the position to sue businesses for discrimination.
Since December 2009, six months after economists declared an end to the recession, the percentage of long-term unemployed, or those looking for work for more than six months, has stayed above 40%. The longer one is unemployed, the harder it is to get a job.
The new measures may also encourage companies in other states to revisit their hiring rules. (WSJ)