Hiring Changes to Prepare for in 2024

Hiring Changes to Prepare for in 2024

Hiring Changes to Prepare for in 2024

As we step into the dynamic landscape of 2024, the realm of hiring is poised for transformative shifts that demand attention from employers and HR professionals alike. From the potential evolution of recruitment technologies to legislative changes influencing the hiring process, let’s explore the key adjustments businesses need to anticipate and adapt to in the year ahead.

One of the significant changes to employment law for 2024 is the Federal Trade Commission acting to restrict and/or ban non-competes. Such a ban was sure to follow after several Canadian provinces examined the practice. Ontario banned non-compete agreements in December 2021. Over the last two years, several states and the federal government have been exploring the same thing. Many states are now also enacting laws about paid leave, with California and Illinois making sweeping changes.


Additionally, the United States Department of Labor has proposed raising the overtime threshold by 54%. This change in overtime is also concurrent with the Targeted Enforcement Plan of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Through 2028, the EEOC’s plan seeks to secure equity and justice for underserved demographics. These include people with disabilities and people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, striving to level the playing field in the workplace for both these and other marginalized groups.

Other State Law Changes

Several states have made recreational use of cannabis legal, which will affect the legality of restricting employment through drug screening. 

Colorado has recently revamped its laws regarding sexual harassment, making it much easier and less intimidating for employees to report sexual harassment. This will allow employers to protect their employees better from predatory behavior, which will most likely increase morale.

Vacation Pay

Colorado is one of the latest states to enact a law mandating employers to pay out vacation pay whenever an employee wants it as long as the vacation time itself is unused. This went into effect on January 1, 2024.

Keep in mind that these few hiring changes aren’t the extent of all the law changes in the United States for 2024. These changes give companies a chance to better themselves and the environments they create for their employees.

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