Tag Archives: State Legislative Update

COVID-19 Update in New York State: The Headlines for September 2022

As our society and world continue to move forward living with COVID-19, HR Works is pleased to bring you the top headlines for employers in New York and beyond to be aware of in September 2022: New York Governor Kathy Hochul recently relinquished her executive powers for COVID-19, and President Biden recently stated in a […]

Colorado Amendments Its Wage Theft Law

Colorado has amended the state’s wage theft laws with the enactment of Senate Bill 22-161. The amendments include increased penalties for employers that do not timely pay wages, allows employees to demand wages in a class action manner, permitting the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Division of Labor Standards (CDLE) to investigate these demands on […]

Colorado Amends Its Anti-Discrimination Act

The Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (“CADA”) has been amended (HB 22-1367) to extend the time within which a worker may allege a violation of CADA from 180 days to 300 days to file a charge. This change is consistent with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) to file a charge. The amendments also expand the remedies available to employees […]

Federal Court Temporarily Blocks Florida’s “Stop WOKE Act” as Unconstitutional

As we previously reported, on April 22, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the “Stop the Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees” Act (“Stop WOKE Act” or “Act”) which prohibits employers from requiring employees to participate in certain types of diversity, equity and inclusion training (DEI). The law took effect on July 1, 2022. However, on August 18, […]

Massachusetts Enacts Law Banning Discrimination Based on Hair Texture and Style

On July 26, 2022, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (“CROWN”) Act which expands the definition of “race” across Massachusetts statutes, as applied to a prohibition on discrimination based on race; thereby, banning discrimination based on traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, […]

Massachusetts Amends PFML to Permit Use of Paid Time Off During Leave

On July 18, 2022, the state amended Massachusetts’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML) to grant employees the option to use their accrued paid leave (i.e., sick, vacation, personal leave) to supplement their PFML benefits while on leave. This is a change from when the PFML was first enacted, which required employees to choose either PFML […]

Michigan Court Reinstates Original Minimum Wage and Sick Leave Laws

On July 29, 2022, the Michigan Court of Claims issued a decision that voided the amended versions of the Michigan Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act (MCL 408.931 et seq.) and the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act MCL (408.961 et seq). The court ruled that the 2018 amendments the state legislature made to the citizen initiatives […]

Update on New Jersey Regulations to Permit Electronic Distribution of LAD and NJFLA Posters

As we previously reported in May of 2022, the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) issued proposed regulations to allow employers to satisfy the state’s “Law Against Discrimination (LAD)” and “Family Leave Act (NJFLA)” poster requirements via electronic or other means rather than a physical bulletin board as employees are increasingly working from home or in places other than an employer’s worksite. […]

New York State Health Care and Mental Hygiene Worker Bonus Program

As part of the Fiscal Year 2023 New York State Executive Budget legislation, $1.2 billion in funding has been allocated for the payment of bonuses for essential front line health care and mental hygiene workers, who work for “qualified employers”, to attract individuals into the profession at a time of significant strain and to also retain […]

Arizona Amends Workers’ Compensation Injury Reporting Rules

Effective September 24, 2022, Arizona’s workers’ compensation law is amended to clarify that employers and attending physicians must report to the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) and to the employer’s insurance carrier every known injury to an employee that arises out of or in the course of employment and that results in loss of life or injury requiring […]