State Labor Law Changes

Maine Employees Can't Be Fired for Using Marijuana Outside of Work

Reminder to Maine employers! Starting February 1, 2018, employees and applicants aged 21 and over are protected from discrimination on the basis of their marijuana usage outside of the workplace. Under state law, employers cannot refuse to employ a person “solely” on the basis of their “consuming marijuana outside of the… employer’s… property.” Schools and Read more

Improving Employment Opportunity for Veterans

Today we observe Veterans Day, the federal holiday dedicated to honoring veterans of the U.S. armed forces. While it is important to spend this one day a year in recognition of their military service, it is equally important that we spend the other 364 days ensuring that we’re providing veterans with the tools and opportunities Read more

Oregon Secure Scheduling Law

Last week Governor Kate Brown signed SB 828 into law, making Oregon the first state to mandate secure scheduling (also known as “predictive scheduling” or “safe scheduling”) for service workers. Although it’s been a boon for employers, the growth of technology which allows employers to structure employee scheduling around up-to-the-minute analyses of customer foot traffic Read more

Salary History

On June 14, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney signed House Bill 1 prohibiting employers from requesting the salary history of job applicants. The purpose of this legislation is to help close the pay gap between men and women by stopping employers from using a salary history as a legitimate basis to pay a man more Read more

On February 6, 2017, Missouri became the 28th Right-to-Work state. Governor Eric R. Greitens signed S.B. 19, prohibiting employees from being required to support a union as a condition of employment. As stated in the text of the law, no individual should be required to: become, remain, or refrain from becoming a member of a Read more

Coming fast on the heels of the state’s updated Minimum Wage posting, the Maine Department of Labor has released a new version of the Maine Employment Security Law posting. The Maine Employment Security Law posting informs full- and part-time workers of their rights and responsibilities when filing for unemployment benefits. The most noticeable difference is a Read more

Employers in the state of New Hampshire have new obligations relating to the notification of and payment of wages as well as record-keeping requirements. Under the amended New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter Lab 803.01 Payment of Wages, employers must notify employees at the time of hiring and prior to any changes the rate of pay Read more

Nebraska is the latest state to adopt a law that protects employees’ online privacy. Under the Workplace Privacy Act (bill 821), employers are prohibited from accessing an employee or applicant’s personal internet account. Employers cannot require employees or applicants to access their accounts in the employer’s presence nor require them to accept an invitation to Read more

On April 11, 2016, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Executive Order 16-04 to implement a ban the box hiring policy for government entities. As defined in the Order, ban the box is a “policy which places questions relating to an individual’s criminal history later in the hiring process in order to provide applicants an opportunity Read more