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Arizona's minimum wage to increase for 2022

Arizona's minimum wage will increase to $12.80 per hour on January 1, 2022. The change is a result of an adjustment for inflation. Tipped Employees: Employers may pay tipped employees up to $3 less than the applicable minimum wage (or $9.80 per hour in 2022), provided the employee's direct ...

Connecticut requires voting leave

Connecticut has enacted legislation (Senate Bill 1202) that requires employers to provide unpaid time off for employees to vote. The requirement takes effect immediately and expires on June 30, 2024. Eligibility: Employees are entitled leave for the purposes of voting in any state election or ...

Illinois clarifies protections against disability discrimination

Illinois has enacted legislation (House Bill 1838) that expressly prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants and employees because of their association with an individual who has a disability. House Bill 1838 takes effect January 1, 2022. BACKGROUND: The Illinois Human ...

Illinois expands leave requirements

Illinois has enacted legislation (House Bill 3582) that expands leave requirements and other protections under the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA). House Bill 3582 takes effect January 1, 2022. Background: Currently, the VESSA requires covered employers to provide leave ...

Illinois requires masks indoors regardless of vaccination status

The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued an emergency rule that generally requires employees to wear masks indoors, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. The emergency rule took effect August 30, 2021. Under the emergency rule, employers must require employees to wear a ...

Maine expands discrimination law

Maine has enacted two pieces of legislation (Legislative Document 1294 and Legislative Document 1688) that prohibit employers from discriminating against applicants and employees based on their familial status, gender identity, or status as a domestic violence victim who seeks or receives an ...

Maine expands family and medical leave

Maine has enacted legislation (Legislative Document 61) that expands the state’s family and medical leave law. The law takes effect October 18, 2021. Background: Maine requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide up to 10 weeks of unpaid leave in any two-year period for the ...

Maine narrows who qualifies for tip credit

Maine has enacted legislation (Legislative Document 1489) that will increase the amount in tips that an employee must receive to be considered a service employee that qualifies for the tip credit under state law. Background: Maine allows employers to apply a tip credit toward the minimum wage ...

Maine restricts criminal history inquiries

Maine has enacted legislation (Legislative Document 1167) that prohibits employers from requesting criminal history information on an initial employee application. Legislative Document 1167 takes effect October 18, 2021. Legislative Document 1167 also prohibits employers from stating on an ...

Maine to establish state-run retirement program

Maine has enacted legislation (Legislative Document 1622) that will create a state-run retirement program for workers in the private sector. Maine will require employer participation if they have five or more employees and don’t offer a retirement plan. Covered Employers: Legislative ...

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