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Minnesota Legislature Amends Lactation Breaks and Pregnancy Accommodation Provisions

As part of the Omnibus Jobs and Economic Growth Finance and Policy Bill, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has approved an amendment relating to pregnancy accommodations and barring reducing compensation for lactation breaks, among other changes. The amendment goes into effect on January 1, 2022. Under Minnesota law, employers must provide employees who need to express... Continue Reading
July 9, 2021

City of Los Angeles Requires Vaccine Leave for Employees Working in the City

The state and some local COVID-19 supplemental paid sick leave requirements continue through the summer. And the City of Los Angeles’ mayor issued a public order mandating additional paid leave. Under the order, employees who work within the City of Los Angeles and have been employed by their employer for 60 days are entitled to paid time... Continue Reading
July 7, 2021

Make Room on Your Bulletin Board for Virginia’s Notice on Reasonable Accommodations for Disability

The Virginia Office of Civil Rights has issued its new poster for employers regarding reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Starting July 1, 2021, covered Virginia employers must post this poster in a conspicuous location and provide a copy of the poster to any employee who discloses they have a disability, within 10 days of that disclosure.... Continue Reading
July 2, 2021

OSHA’s Updated Guidance for COVID-19 in Workplaces

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rolled out its COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard on June 10, 2021, it also issued its updated Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in non-healthcare workplaces. Read more about this new guidance here. Continue Reading
July 1, 2021

Failure To State Cost Of Confirmatory Re-Test Violates Iowa Drug Testing Law

An employer’s failure to notify an employee of the cost of a confirmatory re-test of his original drug test specimen is a violation of the Iowa drug testing law.  Woods v. Charles Gabus Ford, Inc., Case No. 19-0002 (Iowa June 25, 2021). The Iowa drug testing statute imposes many requirements on employers, including an obligation...… Continue Reading
June 30, 2021

Marijuana Use Laws Budding In Virginia On July 1, 2021

Consistent with legislative trends, Virginia weighed in further on the nationwide marijuana debate by enacting two new comprehensive cannabis-related laws. The first prohibits discipline for employee’s medical use of cannabis oil. The second is an omnibus bill permitting all individuals over the age of 21 to lawfully possess recreational marijuana. All provisions go into effect on July...… Continue Reading
June 30, 2021

Nevada Expands Paid Leave Rights for Employees, Including for COVID-19 Vaccination

Since 2019, private employers with at least 50 employees have been required in most instances, pursuant to NRS 608.0197, to provide 0.01923 hours of paid leave to their employees for each hour worked. Now, Nevada has enacted new law requiring employers to provide additional paid leave to allow employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and... Continue Reading
June 29, 2021

Virginia Employers Soon Must Adopt, Provide Accommodation Policies to Employees With Disabilities

Starting on July 1, 2021, most Virginia employers must include information in their employee handbooks about reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities and provide that information directly to any employee within 10 days after receiving notice that the employee has a disability. Read more about this new requirement. Continue Reading
June 29, 2021

Connecticut Enacts Law Providing Employees Unpaid Time Off to Vote

Governor Ned Lamont has signed into law a requirement for employers to provide all employees with two hours unpaid time off to vote.  Employers may have missed this development, as it was just one small section within the state’s 800-page budget. The key provisions are: Eligibility for leave: any employee in the case of a... Continue Reading
June 25, 2021

Connecticut Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

Connecticut has become the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana use by adults. Governor Ned Lamont signed the Act Concerning Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-use Cannabis on June 22, 2021. Connecticut will permit individuals 21 years of age and older to possess and use recreational cannabis. Individuals cannot possess more than 1.5 ounces on...… Continue Reading
June 23, 2021