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July 2023 Federal & State Legislative Updates

Overview of this month’s Legislative Updates:

Federal Legislative Updates

Legislative UpdateEffective DateVideo Shortcut
The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA): Requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to workers with known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless an undue hardship exists June 27, 2023Watch
The Biden Administration’s Spring Regulatory Agenda Has Been Released – The Administration’s Spring 2023 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions  provides stakeholders with both a roadmap and timeline of the regulatory actions that the federal government plans to take in the coming months.June 13, 2023Watch
The National Labor Relations Board Returns to the Common Law Test for Determining Independent Contractor Status – A decision issued in The Atlanta Opera, Inc. has affirmed that the NLRB would evaluate independent contractor or employee status based on the 2014, 10-factor common-law agency test.June 13, 2023Watch
The Supreme Court Strengthens Protections for Religious Rights at Work Groff v. Dejoy, Postmaster General clarifies that employers who are covered under Title VII (15 or more employees) must meet a higher standard to reject a worker’s request related to religious observance.June 29, 2023Watch
The EEOC has Pushed Back Its’ Tentative Opening Date of the 2022 EEO-1 Data Collection Portal – Originally anticipated to open mid-July 2023, the EEOC will schedule an opening date for the fall of 2023.TBDWatch

State Legislative Updates

StateLegislative UpdateEffective DateVideo Shortcut
ColoradoColorado Restricts Age-Related Inquiries in Recruitment – On June 2, 2023, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law Senate Bill 23-058, the Job Application Fairness Act (JAFA), prohibiting employers from inquiring about a job applicant’s age during the hiring process. July 1, 2024Watch
MinnesotaMinnesota Passes State-Wide Earned Sick and Safe Leave Law – The law will entitle covered employees to earn up to 48 hours of paid leave for a variety of purposes per year.

Minnesota Enacts Paid Family and Medical Leave Statute – The law creates a paid family and medical leave insurance program funded by employers and employees through payroll deductions in which employees will be able to take up to 20 weeks of PFML per year.
January 1, 2024

January 1, 2026
New YorkNew York Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Final Regulations Issued – The New York Department of Labor’s amendments to the NY WARN regulations took effect with some significant changes.June 21, 2023Watch
OregonA New Bill Addresses Conflicts Between the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) and Paid Leave Oregon Senate Bill 999, amends the language in the OFLA and Paid Leave Oregon to make the two laws better aligned.January 1, 2024Watch
TexasTexas Bans Hairstyle Discrimination – The Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act (CROWN Act) protects citizens from hairstyle discrimination.September 1, 2023Watch

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