Tag Archives: State Legislative Update

Minnesota Passes a Hairstyle Discrimination Law

On February 1, 2023, Governor Tim signed the Minnesota CROWN Act, which takes effect on August 1, 2023, and amends the definition of race under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) to include traits associated with race, such as hair texture and hair styles including braids, locs and twists. Next Steps for Employers Employers should […]

New Jersey WARN Expanded

New Jersey has amended its mini-Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. The amendments (Amendments) were originally to take effect in July 2020, but implementation was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that Governor Murphy has signed Assembly Bill 4768, the expanded provisions are effective on April 10, 2023, and require employers with 100 or […]

Proposed Updates to NY’s Model Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy

On January 12, 2023, the New York Department of Labor released a proposed revised sexual harassment prevention model policy for public review and comment. Below is a list of some of the key revisions. Next Steps for Employers At the time of this post, these changes were still in the proposed phase and are not […]

Update: New York Veterans’ Benefits and Service Poster is Now Available

Effective January 1, 2023, all New York (NY) employers with more than 50 full-time employees are required to display a poster containing information on veterans’ benefits and services from the NY Department of Labor (NY DOL). The Veterans’ Services and Benefits Services poster is now availble for download from the NY DOL. Next Steps for Employers The poster […]

New York Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers is Invalidated

On January 13, 2023, Onondaga County Supreme Court Justice, Gerard J. Neri struck down the state’s regulation which was implemented in August of 2021, requiring covered healthcare entities to ensure that their “personnel” are “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, rendering the law invalidated. The regulation was struck down on the basis that the NY Commissioner of […]

New York Labor Establishes Penalties for Violations of Law Restricting Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

On December 30, 2022, Governor Hochul signed a bill (A.286/S.1997) which amends New York Labor Law Section 167, restricting consecutive hours of work for nurses by prohibiting “healthcare employers” from requiring nurses to work beyond their regularly scheduled hours, with four limited exceptions, where the overtime is during or due to: The amendments are effective […]

NY Warehouse Worker Protections Become Effective

The New York Warehouse Worker Protection Act (WWPA) (Senate Bill 8922A) will go into effect on February 19, 2023. The WWPA was signed into law on December 21, 2022. The WWPA requires employers to provide a written description of quotas to which employees are subject, including the associated consequences for failing to meet any such […]

Colorado: Respiratory Illnesses are Covered Under the Healthy Families and Workplace Act

At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of jurisdictions enacted sick leave laws specifically designed for absences due to COVID-19, but some states enacted permanent changes to their leave laws that apply during a “public health emergency,” which can apply both to COVID-19 as well as other public health emergencies. Due to high […]

Colorado’s SecureSaving Retirement Program Registration Deadlines

In early 2023, the Colorado SecureSavings Retirement Program (the Program) rolls out in three phases, based on employer size. Employers covered by the Program are required to facilitate through payroll deductions optional employee contributions to individual retirement accounts (IRAs) run by the state. Covered employers are required to either offer employees a private IRA plan or register […]

Illinois: Compliance with Timeline for Retention and Destruction of Biometric Data

A recent Illinois court case (Mora v. J&M Plating, Inc., No. 2-21-0692, 2022 IL App (2d) 210692 (Ill. App. Ct. 2d Dist. Nov. 30, 2022), establishes a timeline for when entities must publish written data retention and destruction policies and affirmed that retroactive adoption of retention and destruction schedules violates Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act […]