Montana Hiring laws & compensation compliance analysis

Montana Hiring: What you need to know

Under the Montana Human Rights Act, employers may not make inquiries of or impose qualifications on prospective employees because of race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, or sex, unless the reasonable demands of the job in question require a distinction based on age, disability, marital status, or sex. The law applies to all employers in the state (MT Code Sec. 49-2-101 et seq.).
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The New Hire Reporting Program requires that all employers doing business in the state report the hiring of any person to perform work and receive earnings in Montana (MT Code Sec. 40-5-922). Employers must also report the rehire of any employee who was previously laid off, furloughed, terminated, or placed on leave without pay. Reports must be made within 20 days of the hire or rehire. Failure to report as required can result in the assessment of fines against the employer.
Details on reporting requirements and filing instructions are available on the website of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

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