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Kansas Lawmakers Propose New Employment Laws

Kansas lawmakers introduced several employment-law-related bills this week, the second of the 2012 legislative session.  Here’s a synopsis: 

Senate Bill 295 – Creates the Fair Consideration of the Unemployed Act, which prohibits discrimination based on employment status.  Specifically, it provides, “No employer . . . shall inquire into or shall use a job applicant’s unemployment status or gap in employment history as a basis to hire or to act with respect to recruitment, hiring, . . . or terms, privileges, or conditions of employment.”  (Referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce.)
Senate Bill 284 – Requires all governmental units to use E-Verify for all employees beginning work after January 1, 2013.  Also requires any bidder, contractor, or employer involved in a public works contract of at least $50,000 to use E-Verify and makes them responsible for E-Verify compliance by their sub-contractors.  (Referred to the Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs.)
Senate Bill 285 – Increases the penalty for misclassification of employees as independent contractors from a Class C non-person misdemeanor to a felony. (Referred to the Senate Committee on Judiciary.)
Senate Bill 286 – Specifies circumstances under which an applicant or employee’s consumer report can be used. Allows a person to file a complaint with the Secretary of Labor if the person’s credit information has been obtained or used contrary to the provisions of the act.  (Referred to the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Insurance.)
House Bill 2463 – Requires any contractor involved in a public works contract after January 1, 2013 to have at least 70 percent Kansas workers (with specified exceptions) on the contract job. (Referred to the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.)
House Bill 2492 – Requires all business entities awarded a governmental contract in excess of $5,000 to use the E-Verify program. Also requires all public employers to enroll in E-Verify. (Referred to the House Committee on Federal and State Affairs.)



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