Obama's Jobs Bill Would Ban Discrimination Against Jobless

Law360, New York (September 12, 2011, 11:18 PM EDT) -- While President Barack Obama's $447 billion jobs bill aims to reduce long-term unemployment through tax cuts and spending, his American Jobs Act also includes a provision banning companies from discriminating against an applicant's job status.

As the nation faces a 9 percent unemployment rate, the bill makes it discriminatory for businesses to deny workers job opportunites because they are unemployed, and it includes incentives for them to hire the jobless.

“It bans employers from discriminating against the unemployed when hiring, and provides a new tax credit...
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