Tag Archives: State Legislative Update

Colorado Enacts Artificial Intelligence Legislation 

Colorado has become a frontrunner in regulating artificial intelligence (AI) with the recent passing of Senate Bill 24-205, also known as the Colorado AI Act. This groundbreaking legislation aims to protect consumers from algorithmic discrimination and places specific requirements on employers who utilize AI tools in their decision-making processes.  The law is designed to prevent the […]

Colorado Extends Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Retaliation Protections to Minors 

Beginning January 1, 2025, under CO H 1095 minors who file a complaint or initiate any proceeding related to wages or hours are protected from discrimination or retaliation. Additionally, any rights minors exercise under the Colorado Youth Employment Opportunity Act will also be protected from retaliation.   Next Steps  Employers should ensure that they are familiar with all the requirements for employment […]

Louisiana Repeals Meal and Break Requirements for Certain Minors 

Effective August 1, 2024, Louisiana’s child labor meal breaks requirement applies only to minors under 16 years of age rather than all minors. The requires that covered minors who work five hours or more receive at least a 30-minute unpaid meal period.  Next Steps  Until the effective date, employers should continue to ensure that all minors […]

Nevada Employee Trust Savings Program (NEST) 

On June 13, 2024, Nevada enacted the Nevada Employee Trust Savings Program (NEST). The program is a state-facilitated individual retirement account (IRA) savings program for Nevada employers. The program is expected to launch on July 1, 2025. However, the Nevada NEST Board has the discretion to implement a phased rollout based on company size.  NEST applies to all […]

New Jersey Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Has Taken Effect 

On July 1, 2024, the New Jersey Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Act (NJ SB 723) went into effect. The Act establishes extensive rights and protections for domestic workers by:  “Domestic workers” include nannies, childcare providers, home care workers or caregivers to seniors and people with disabilities, house cleaners, cooks, and gardeners working in a private […]

New York’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act Takes Effect Soon 

New York’s recently passed Freelance Isn’t Free Act (FIFA); the law takes effect on August 28, 2024 (previously, May 20, 2024). FIFA 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 for […]

South Carolina’s Elimination of the Subminimum Wages Takes Effect Soon 

Effective August 1, 2024, the South Carolina subminimum wage will be fully eliminated; therefore, prohibiting employers from paying employees with disabilities the reduced minimum wage that is established under the provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Next Steps  Employers must ensure that any employees who were paid the lesser rate are paid at least $7.25 per hour […]

Texas Requires Workplace Violence Prevention Plan and Policy for Healthcare Facilities 

By September 1, 2024, Texas requires certain healthcare facilities to adopt, implement, and enforce a written workplace violence prevention policy and a written workplace violence prevention plan. Covered facilities include:  Written Workplace Violence Prevention Plan  The plan must:  The written plan may satisfy these requirements by referencing other internal facility policies and documents.  Workplace Violence Committee  […]

Vermont Passes Pay Transparency Law 

Vermont is joining the growing list of states and localities to require pay ranges in job postings. Effective July 1, 2025, Vermont employers with five or more employees must include a pay range in any written advertisement whether for external or internal candidates for:  Advertisements must include the minimum and maximum annual salary or hourly wage for a job […]

NYS Releases an Updated Notice and Guidance on Paid Lactation Breaks 

Effective tomorrow (June 19), New York’s (NY) amendment to its lactation break law will require all public and private employers to provide nursing employees with paid break time of up to 30 minutes when they have a reasonable need to express milk for up to three years following childbirth. Employers will also be required to […]