Category Archives: Industry Update

Illinois Freelance Worker Protection Act Takes Effect Soon

Illinois’ Freelance Worker Protection Act (FWPA) takes effect on July 1, 2024. FWPA significantly impacts how employers engage with freelance workers, also known as independent contractors, within the state by requiring written contracts, mandating when payment for services will be required, and establishing recordkeeping requirements.   Employers hiring freelancers (excluding individuals performing construction services) for services valued at $500 […]

Maryland Amends Equal Pay Law to Cover Additional Protected Characteristics

Effective October 1, 2024, the Maryland Equal Pay for Equal Work Act is amended (HB0602 and HB1397) to prohibit pay discrimination based on sexual orientation, religious beliefs, race, and disability. The Act applies to all private employers in Maryland, in addition to state and local government entities.  Next Steps Employers should review their compensation practices to identify and address any […]

Maryland Amends Pay Statement and New Hire Pay Rate Notice Requirements

Effective October 1, 2024, Maryland will implement significant amendments to its pay statement and new hire pay rate notice requirements under House Bill 385 (MD H.B. 385). These changes aim to enhance transparency and ensure that employees are fully informed about their compensation. Employers need to understand these new requirements, their implications, and the necessary steps […]

Minnesota Makes Changes to Its Anti-Discrimination Laws

Effective July 1, 2024, the Minnesota Human Rights Act (Act), which applies to all employers in the state, is amended to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. Effective August 1, 2024, several definitions under the Act will be updated, including disability and familial status. Further, discrimination will be broadened to include any form of harassment, not just sexual harassment.   Next Steps  […]

Minnesota Pay Transparency Law

Effective January 1, 2025, employers with 30 or more employees in Minnesota must disclose in each posting the starting salary range, and a general description of all of the benefits and other compensation, such as health or retirement benefits, to be offered to a hired job applicant.  An employer that does not plan to offer a salary range […]

Vermont Prohibits Hairstyle Discrimination

Effective July 1, 2024, the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act (VFEPA) is amended (H. 363) to prohibit discrimination based on traits associated with or perceived to be associated with race, including hair type, hair texture, hairstyles, and protective hairstyles including (but not limited to) braids, cornrows, locs, afros, wigs, headwraps, and other head coverings.  Next Steps  Employers should review […]

Virginia Prohibits Discrimination Based on Ethnic Origin

Effective July 1, 2024, the Virginia Human Rights Act is amended to prohibit discrimination based on ethnic origin.  Employers should update their employee handbooks including their equal employment and non-discrimination/non-harassment policies, and any related training materials to include this additional protected class. In addition, hiring managers and recruiters should be aware of these requirements and be properly trained on […]

Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance Takes Effect

On May 1, 2024, Chicago published rules for its Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance that begins July 1, 2024. The Chicago Paid Leave and Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance (Ordinance) replaces Chicago’s current paid sick leave law and creates additional leave protections. While the Ordinance was originally scheduled to take effect on December 31, 2023, […]

US DOL Announces the Effective Date of the Long-Await Increases to the Salary Level for Exempt Employees 

As anticipated, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a Final Rule that increases the minimum salary level for certain positions to qualify as exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The minimum salary level will increase in two phases as follows:  Effective July 1, 2024:   Effective January 1, 2025:  The final rule also […]

The FTC Bans Non-Compete Agreements 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently enacted a Final Rule banning non-compete agreements for most workers in the U.S. This decision follows months of debate and aims to promote fair competition in the job market.   Under the Final Rule, not only can businesses no longer make employees or contractors sign non-competes, but they also have […]