Legislation

New Hampshire Employment Discrimination Peel 'N Post

The New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights has updated the mandatory New Hampshire Employment Discrimination posting. The posting, which lists all protected categories under the New Hampshire Law Against Discrimination, has been substantially redesigned. In 2018, the New Hampshire legislature enacted House Bill 1319, adding gender identity to the list of protected categories. The law Read more

Texas Senate Bill 21

On September 1, 2019, Texas became the latest state to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products. Senate Bill 21 prohibits the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, including e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 21. The law only allows individuals who are 18 years and older and serving in the military 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

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

Minimum Wage Increase

Late last year, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage for municipal government workers, contractors, and subcontractors to $15 an hour over the next four years. As stated by the Office of the Mayor, the purpose of the new law is to “assure that as many employees as possible Read more

Kentucky Equal Employment Opportunity Posting

Last month, we reported that Governor Matt Bevin signed the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act requiring employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. Under the Act, employers are required to post a notice of the right to be free from discrimination in relation to pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions, Read more

Paid Family and Medical Leave

On June 28, 2018, the Massachusetts Legislature passed House Bill 4640, which will gradually raise the minimum wage, and will provide paid family and medical leave (PFML) to employees. Most employees will be eligible to get up to 12 weeks of paid family leave and up to 20 weeks of paid medical leave. The program Read more