HR Laws and Compliance Changes in 2018

There has been a lot of changes this year across the United States.  Here are several state-specific (and some city-specific) compliance advisories for your review.

New Jersey Enacts Statewide Paid Sick Leave

On May 2, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (Act) into law. This Act will require all New Jersey employers to provide employees with paid sick leave effective Oct. 29, 2018.  The Act preempts all existing and future local ordinances that regulate paid sick leave in the state.

Tennessee Drug and Alcohol Testing Laws

This Employment Law Summary outlines Tennessee’s voluntary Drug Free Workplace Program.

Connecticut Fair Employment Laws – Pregnancy Discrimination

This Employment Law Summary provides an overview of the provisions in Connecticut’s Fair Employment Practices Act that protect employees and applicants from employment discrimination based on pregnancy. Includes information about the amendments to these provisions that became effective as of Oct. 1, 2017.

New York State Passes Strict Workplace Harassment Laws

On April 12, 2018, the New York state legislature enacted a law that requires all employers in the state to adopt a written sexual harassment prevention policy and to provide annual sexual harassment training for employees.

San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance

The San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance (HCSO) requires covered employers in San Francisco to spend a minimum amount of money on health care benefits for their covered employees.

This Health Care Bulletin provides an overview of the HCSO’s requirements.

Massachusetts Fair Employment Law –  Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

This Employment Law Summary provides an overview of Massachusetts’ Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which went into effect on April 1, 2018.

The PWFA prohibits employment discrimination based on pregnancy and related conditions.

City of Austin, TX Paid Sick Leave Law

The Austin City Council passed an ordinance requiring Austin employers to provide employees with paid sick time, effective Oct. 1, 2018. Employers with five or fewer employees must comply with paid sick time requirements effective Oct. 1, 2020.

City of Chicago Paid Sick Leave

Illinois does not have a statewide law that requires employers to provide employees with paid sick leave.

However, effective July 1, 2018, employers located in the city of Chicago must provide employees with paid sick leave pursuant to the Chicago Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.

This Employment Law Summary provides an overview of Chicago’s paid sick leave rules.

 

If you need assistance with any ongoing regulations, changes in state law, or any other HR related matter, please reach out to your assigned DecisionHR Human Resources Business Partner at 1-888-828-5511.