Kentucky Hiring laws & HR compliance analysis

Kentucky Hiring: What you need to know

The Kentucky Civil Rights Act prohibits hiring practices that discriminate against job applicants based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, disability, tobacco use (as long as the person complies with any workplace policy concerning smoking), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) status, unless a bona fide occupational qualification (BFOQ) exists (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 344.010 et seq.).
The Act applies to employers with eight or more employees. The provision on disability discrimination and the Act’s requirement to provide reasonable accommodation for pregnancy and related conditions apply to employers with 15 or more employees.
Kentucky also has an Equal Opportunities Act that prohibits hiring discrimination on the basis of physical disability and HIV status (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 207.130 et seq.). The Equal Opportunities Act applies to employers with eight or more employees.
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HIV testing. An employer may not require an individual to take an HIV-related test as a condition of hiring, promotion, or continued employment, unless a BFOQ exists for the job (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 207.135).
Kentucky's new hire reporting law requires all employers to report the name, address, Social Security number, and date of hire of each new employee to the state within 20 days of the date of hire (KY Rev. Stat. Sec. 405.435). Employers must also report the rehire of any employee who was previously laid off, furloughed, terminated, or placed on leave without pay. Failure to report as required can result in the assessment of fines against the employer.
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