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Pregnant and Nursing Employees

During the 2019 legislative session, Governor Janet Mills signed HB 487, extending protections for pregnant and nursing employees in the state of Maine. Under the law, which goes into effect September 19, 2019, employers must provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy-related conditions. Pregnancy-related condition is defined in the new law as “a known limitation of an Read more

salary ban

This January, New Jersey will join a growing number of states that prohibit employers from inquiring about workers’ compensation and salary experience. The new law (AB 1094) will prohibit employers from directly asking job applicants about their salary history, searching publicly available records for an applicant’s salary history, or using salary history disclosed during a Read more

Attention New Jersey Employers Wage and Hour Abstract: The posting has been updated with the following minimum wage rates and effective dates: Date Most Employers Seasonal & Small Employers (fewer than 6) Agricultural Employers *Cash Wage for Tipped Workers 7/1/19 $10.00 $8.85 $8.85 $2.63 1/1/20 $11.00 $10.30 $10.30 $3.13 1/1/21 $12.00 $11.10 No change $4.13 1/1/22 Read more

New Jersey Labor Law Posters

Earlier this year, Governor Phil Murphy signed two bills into laws that expand New Jersey’s leave laws and amend the wage and hour law. Most amendments are effective now. Covered employers must review the new laws to ensure compliance. Bill A 3975 Under enacted Bill A 3975, New Jersey’s Family Leave Act expands its reach Read more

Wage Theft

During Minnesota’s 2019 legislation session, Governor Walz signed a new law that criminalizes wage theft. The law also requires new notice and recordkeeping requirements. Effective July 1, 2019, Minnesota employers are required to provide a written notice to employees at the start of their employment. The notice must include the following information, which is in Read more

Paid Leave

On July 1, 2019, the District of Columbia (DC) started collecting taxes from all private sector employers to fund the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016. Every quarter, covered employers must file a wage report and pay 0.62 percent on that quarter’s wages or income. Covered employers include all DC employers subject to DC Read more

Delay

Following pressure from business leaders, Governor Baker signed an emergency bill (S 2255) on June 13th to delay the start of employer and employee contributions to the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) program by three months. The new effective date is October 1, 2019. This delay will allow covered employers more time to Read more

Marijuana Tests

On April 9, 2019, the New York City Council passed a bill (Int. 1445-2019) banning pre-employment marijuana tests. The bill became law on May 10, 2019 when Mayor Bill de Blasio did not sign or veto the bill within 30 days of passage. Starting May 10, 2020, New York City employers will be prohibited from Read more