Jobs Act Ends Unemployment Status Discrimination

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President Barack Obama delivers an address on jobs and the economy to a Joint Session of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2011. Behind the President are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama delivers an address on jobs and the economy to a Joint Session of Congress in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 8, 2011. Behind the President are Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

From Business Insurance: President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act includes provisions that would prohibit discrimination against job applicants on the basis of their unemployment status and that would levy fines of up to $1,000 a day.

Laura Sack, a shareholder with law firm Vedder Price P.C. in New York, told Business Insurance thhat employers that do not have these policies “don’t need to do anything” other than document their decision-making process during the  hiring process.

Employers that do have such a policy “would be well-advised to reconsider such a practice,” Sack said.

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