Tag Archives: State Legislative Update

Connecticut Amends the Timing of Its Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirements

Effective October 1, 2021, Connecticut amends its sexual harassment prevention training requirements with respect to timing of training. Specifically, if an employee has received in-person training provided by the Commission or has taken the free online training provided by the Commission while employed by a different employer within the two years preceding their date of […]

Florida Minimum Wage Increases to $10.00

Effective September 30, 2021, the minimum wage in Florida increases from $8.65 per hour to $10.00 per hour. Additional information is available on the amendment by clicking here.

Florida Requires New Hire Reporting of Independent Contractors

Effective October 1, 2021, employers are required to submit new hire reports for independent contractors who are paid $600 or more per calendar year for services provided in the course of their trade or business. Previously, reporting of independent contractors was optional. The report must be filed within 20 days after the date of the […]

Illinois: Recent Amendments to Illinois Human Rights Act

Illinois has passed legislation against discrimination based on an individual’s authorization to work in the United States or due their association with a person with a disability. Work Authorization Status. On August 2, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law Public Act 102-0233, adding work authorization status to the list of protected classifications under the Illinois Human Rights […]

Illinois Expands its Secure Choice Mandatory Retirement Savings Program

All Illinois for-profit and non-profit employers with at least five employees will soon be required to comply with the Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (“Secure Choice” or “Program”) or offer employees an employer-sponsored retirement plan due to Program amendments under HB 117. The amendments take effect January 1, 2022. Secure Choice requires employers to automatically withhold five […]

Maine Adds Protected Classes, Amends Disability Requirements

Effective October 18, 2021, the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) is amended to prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of an individual’s familial status or actual or perceived gender identity. The MHRA is also amended to clarify an employer’s obligations regarding the employment of individuals with a physical or mental disability. Next Steps for Employers Employers should update […]

Minnesota Minimum Wage Rate Increase

On August 19, 2021, Minnesota’s Department of Labor and Industry announced the minimum wage rate in the state will increase in 2022. Beginning January 1, 2022, large employers must pay employees at least $10.33 per hour. Small employers must pay employees at least $8.42 per hour. The lower minimum wage rate also applies to employees under the […]

New Hampshire Adopts New Tipped Employee Wage Rate

On July 23, 2021, New Hampshire adopted a new base rate for tipped employees of $3.27 per hour. This new tipped employee base rate replaces the previous state rate, which was 45% of the state’s minimum wage rate. This new law also indicates that the federal rate for tipped employees will apply whenever the federal rate for tipped […]

New Jersey Mandates Vaccines or Testing for Workers in Healthcare and High-Risk Congregate Settings

New Jersey is requiring employers in covered healthcare and high-risk congregate settings to establish a policy which: Mandates vaccinations or weekly testing for workers; Creates a system to track the results of the applicable testing requirements; and Creates a system to communicate the results of such testing to local public health departments. Executive Order 252 […]

Nevada Requires Employers to Display New Poster

Nevada has amended (AB 307) its unemployment laws to require employers to display and maintain a new poster published by the state’s Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR). The new law becomes effective on October 1, 2021.  The new poster provides employees with notice of job training and employment programs conducted by the DETR. […]