Tag Archives: State Legislative Update

Maine Prohibits Hairstyle Discrimination

Effective August 8, 2022, the Maine Human Rights Act is amended (LD 598) to specify that the definition of “race” includes traits associated with race, including hair texture, Afro hairstyles and protective hairstyles. Protective hairstyles include braids, twists and locks. Next Steps for Employers Employers should review and update their existing equal employment opportunity and non-harassment/non-discrimination policies to […]

Maryland Requires a Second Sexual Harassment Settlement Report

The Disclosing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act of 2018 was enacted in 2018, and it created a disclosure survey for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights (MCCR) to collect data on sexual harassment settlements across two reporting cycles over a five-year period. 2022 marks the second reporting cycle. The first reporting cycle ended on July 1, […]

Minnesota Passes Legislation to Provide Frontline Employees with Additional Compensation

At the end of April, Governor Waltz signed SF 2677 into law, providing frontline workers with bonus payments in recognition of their perseverance and sacrifices made during the COVID-19 emergency declared by the state. The state has implemented an online application process in order for eligible workers to apply to receive a bonus payment. The tentative date […]

New Mexico Implements Paid Sick Leave

New Mexico becomes the next state within the US to mandate private employers begin providing paid sick leave to employees. Taking effect on July 1, 2022, New Mexico has enacted the Health Workplaces Act (HWA) (HB 20), which requires employers with one or more employees within the state to provide a paid sick leave benefit. Amount of Earned Sick […]

New York’s Adult Survivors Act

On May 24, 2022 the Adult Survivors Act (Act) (S.668A/A.648) was signed into law and took effect immediately. The new law creates a one-year window for the revival of time-barred civil lawsuits based on sex crimes committed against individuals who were 18 years of age or older. Prior to the Adult Survivors Act, victims who were at least […]

Update: New York City Mayor Signs Amended Salary Disclosure Bill Into Law

As an update to our prior post last month, on May 12, 2022, New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed Introduction Number (Int. No.) 134-A into law, just days before the current salary disclosure law was set to take effect (May 15). This means that New York City’s salary disclosure law will now officially take effect on November 1, 2022, which […]

NYC Seeks to Limit Hours Worked by Home Health Care Workers

At present, state law currently allows employers to schedule home care aides to work 24-hour shifts, commonly referred to as “live in” shifts. Under such an arrangement, the employer need compensate the aide only for 13 hours of work, so long as the aide has an opportunity to receive eight hours of sleep, five hours […]

Pennsylvania Tip Credit and Overtime Amendments Take Effect

On May 7, 2022 the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L & I) announced the publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin of final form regulations that amend Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act rules by updating how employers pay tipped workers and ensuring that salaried employees with fluctuating schedules are appropriately compensated for overtime. Tipped Workers Effective August 5, 2022, Pennsylvania’s tip credit regulations are amended to: Increase […]

Rhode Island Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

On May 25, 2022, Rhode Island became the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and over. Under the law (The Rhode Island Cannabis Act), possession and home-growing of certain quantities of cannabis is now legal. The law went into effective immediately, but retail sales will not begin until December. The law does […]

Washington Prohibits Non-Disclosure Agreements that Prevent Employees from Disclosing Workplace Misconduct

Effective June 8, 2022, Washington has banned the use of legally binding agreements that would prevent an employee from disclosing any misconduct that has occurred in the workplace. The Silence No More Act (HB 1795) aims to ban the use of unlawful non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements that prohibit an individual from revealing and/or talking about any of the […]