Nevada bans salary history inquiries

Nevada has enacted legislation (Senate Bill 293) that prohibits employers from taking certain actions relating to an applicant's salary history. Senate Bill 293 takes effect on Oct. 1, 2021. Covered employers: Senate Bill 293 covers all private employers and employment agencies (any ...

Nevada adds kin care leave law

Nevada has enacted legislation (Assembly Bill 190) that requires employers to let employees use accrued sick leave to care for an immediate family member. Assembly Bill 190 takes effect Oct. 1, 2021. Assembly Bill 190: If an employer provides paid or unpaid sick leave, the employer must ...

The Safer Federal Workforce Task Force publishes Federal Contractor and Subcontractor guidance

As we previously reported, on September 9, 2021, President Biden announced Executive Order 14042 ("Executive Order") and related initiatives designed to lead the country out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several of the policies announced in the Executive Order will require employees of contractors ...

Connecticut gives right to recall to certain laid-off workers

Connecticut has enacted legislation (Senate Bill 658) that requires certain employers to offer positions that become available to qualified employees they previously laid off. Senate Bill 658 took effect immediately. Covered Employers: Covered employers include the following entities if they ...

South Dakota increases minimum wage for 2022

South Dakota's minimum wage will increase to $9.95 per hour on January 1, 2022. The increase is a result of an annual adjustment for inflation.   Tipped Employees: Tipped employees must receive $4.975 per hour beginning January 1, 2022. If an employee's direct cash wages and tips ...

Rhode Island enacts wage protections

Rhode Island has enacted House Bill 5261A (the Act), which bans salary-history inquiries and adds pay-equity requirements. The law is effective January 1, 2023. PAY EQUITY: The Act generally prohibits employers from paying employees at a wage rate less than the rate paid to employees of ...

Rhode Island amends Whistle Blowers' Protection Act

Rhode Island has enacted legislation (House Bill 5855) that amends the state’s Whistle Blowers' Protection Act (the Act). House Bill 5855 is effective immediately. BACKGROUND: The Act prohibits employers from retaliating against at-will employees, contract employees, and independent ...

Oregon prohibits driver's license discrimination

Oregon has enacted legislation (Senate Bill 569) that prohibits an employer from requiring an employee or prospective employee to possess or present a valid driver's license as a condition of employment or continued employment. Senate Bill 569 takes effect on January 1, 2022. Employer ...

Oregon bans hairstyle discrimination

Oregon has enacted legislation (House Bill 2935), which bans hairstyle discrimination in the workplace. House Bill 2935 takes effect on January 1, 2022. Background: Oregon law prohibits all employers from discriminating against their employees on the basis of certain protected ...

New York designates COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease

On September 6, 2021, the New York State Commissioner of Health designated COVID-19 as “a highly contagious communicable disease that presents a serious risk of harm to the public health in New York State.” Employers were not required to implement their airborne infectious ...

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