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California Minimum Wage Increase for Healthcare Workers Delayed to July 1, 2024

On May 31, 2024, the Governor of California signed into law (Senate Bill 828) which delays the implementation of California's health care worker minimum wage law by one month from June 1, 2024 to July 1, 2024. The original law required covered health care employees to be paid a minimum of ...

Washington State Requires Retirement Program

The state of Washington has enacted legislation (Senate Bill 6069) that creates a new state-run retirement program (Washington Saves). Washington Saves is set to take effect on July 1, 2027. The details Beginning July 1, 2027, the Washington Saves program entitles employees to ...

Vermont Enacts New Child Care Payroll Tax

With the enactment of HB 217, Vermont created a new payroll tax to fund its Child Assistance Program, which subsidizes child care costs for certain families.   The details:  Effective July 1, 2024, the payroll tax will be 0.44% of an employee’s covered wages.  Covered ...

Vermont Bans Hairstyle Discrimination

Vermont has enacted legislation (House Bill 363), which expressly prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of traits associated with race, including hair texture and hairstyles. House Bill 363 takes effect on July 1, 2024.  The Details Vermont’s ...

Utah Broadens Employee Religious Protections in the Workplace

Utah has enacted legislation (House Bill 396), which expands employer religious accommodation requirements. House Bill 396 is effective immediately. The details Background The Utah Antidiscrimination Act: Requires employers to allow employees to express their religious or ...

Pennsylvania - Lehigh County Adds Nondiscrimination, Salary History and Criminal Record Protections

Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, has enacted the Human Relations Ordinance (the Ordinance), which adds nondiscrimination, and salary and criminal history protections. The Ordinance takes effect on June 1, 2024. The details The Ordinance: Covers individuals and organizations with one ...

Oregon Aligns State Family Leave Act and Paid Leave Laws

Oregon has enacted legislation (Senate Bill 1515), which helps align the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) to Paid Leave Oregon (PLO). Many changes under Senate Bill 1515 take effect on July 1, 2024. The details As a reminder, the federal Family Medical Leave Act applies to employers with 50 or ...

Maryland - Anne Arundel County Enacts Ordinance Prohibiting Discrimination

Anne Arundel County, Maryland has enacted an ordinance that will expressly prohibit discrimination in employment. The ordinance takes effect June 8, 2024. The Details The ordinance prohibits employers from engaging in any of the following based on an applicant’s or ...

New York to End Paid COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Leave

The New York State Fiscal Year 2025 Budget will end the state’s paid COVID-19 quarantine and isolation leave requirement. The changes will take effect on July 31, 2025. The Details New York employees will no longer be entitled to paid time off COVID-19 leave for a ...

New York State Requires Paid Prenatal Leave

New York's Fiscal Year 2025 executive budget expands Labor Law § 196-b to require all New York employers to provide 20 hours of paid prenatal personal leave to eligible employees beginning on Jan. 1, 2025. Note: The required paid prenatal leave is in addition to ...

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