July Legal Updates

July Legal Updates

ComplianceHR is kicking off a new blog series called “Legal Updates.” Each month in the newsletter, there will be a link to the ComplianceHR Legal Updates. If you’re an existing ComplianceHR client, you can access these updates and robust links to learn more about each of these changes through the PolicySmart™ solution.

The below list contains July Legal Updates, which have been added to the PolicySmart solution in the last month. To view developments taking effect this month, click here.


National
  • Supreme Court Permits Arbitration of Individual PAGA Claims
  • Temporary DHS Rule Increases Cap for H-2B Workers
  • Littler ASAP Addresses Impacts of Dobbs Decision on Employer Benefit Plans
  • Spring Regulatory Agenda Provides Roadmap to Anticipated Federal Rulemaking
  • Alabama
    • Alabama Adoption Promotion Act Requires That Employers’ Parental Leave Policies Cover Adoption–Now Includes Sample Policy
    California
    • California Department of Public Health Order Alters “Close Contact” and “Infectious Period” Definitions Under Cal/OSHA COVID ETS
    • San Francisco Voters Adopt Permanent Public Health Emergency Leave Measure–Sample Policy Forthcoming
    Colorado
    • Colorado Amends Workers’ Compensation Act
    • Colorado Expands Health and Safety Whistleblower Protections
    • Colorado Prohibits Employers From Requiring Applicant Disclosure of Juvenile Court Records
    • Colorado Significantly Expands Health, Safety and Fraud Whistleblower Protections
    • Colorado Amends Wage Payment Law, Requires Notice of Payroll Deductions Upon Termination
    • Colorado Introduces New Restrictions on Noncompetes–Includes New Notice Requirement
    • Colorado Amends Law on Unemployment Benefits Notification–Includes New Written Notice Requirement
    Connecticut
    • Connecticut Creates New Discrimination Protections and Leave for Victims of Domestic Violence–Policy Changes Forthcoming
    • Connecticut Amends Law Providing Leave to Vote in Special Elections
    • Connecticut Bans Certain Mandatory Employer-Sponsored Meetings
    • Connecticut Releases Required Paid Family and Medical Leave Notice
    Florida
    • U.S. District Court Denies Preliminary Injunction Against Florida “Stop-WOKE” Law
    Georgia
    • Georgia Enacts Constitutional Carry Act and Amends Provisions on Guns in Parking Lots–Includes Updated Policy
    Illinois
    • Illinois Amends Law on Day of Rest and Meal Breaks–Policy Updates Forthcoming
    • Illinois Amends Law on Leave for Victims of Violent Crimes–Includes Updated Policy
    • Illinois Expands Child Loss Bereavement Leave to Cover Pregnancy and Adoption Loss–Policy Changes Forthcoming
    • Illinois Clarifies CBA Provisions in Employee Sick Leave Act
    • Scheduled Changes in Chicago Predictive Scheduling Take Effect July 1–Includes Updated Policy
    • Chicago Updates its Anti-Harassment Law, Including New Policy Requirements–Now Includes Sample Policy
    Kentucky
    • Kentucky Expands Leave Available to Emergency Responders–Includes Updated Policy
    Louisiana
    • Louisiana Clarifies Reported Tips are Subject to Garnishment
    Maryland
    • Maryland Amends Law on Sexual Harassment
    • Maryland Amends Law on Data Security Breach Notification
    Minnesota
    • Bloomington, Minnesota Passes Earned Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance–New Policy Forthcoming
    New Hampshire
    • New Hampshire Amends Child Labor Law
    New Mexico
    • New Mexico Issues Final Regulations Under Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law–Includes Updated Policy Template
    • New Mexico Enacts Statewide Paid Sick and Safe Time Law–Now Includes Sample Policy
    New York
    • New York Extends COVID-19 Leave Effective Period–Includes Updated Polic
    Oklahoma
    • Oklahoma Law Bans Abortions and Allows Civil Actions Based on Reimbursement of Abortion Costs, Including Through Insurance
    • New Oklahoma Law Addresses PEOs and Co-Employment
    Rhode Island
    • Rhode Island Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, Including Some Protections for Employees
    • Rhode Island Repeals Subminimum Wages for Individuals with Disabilities
    South Carolina
    • South Carolina Prohibits Subminimum Wages for Individuals with Disabilities
    Tennessee
    • Tennessee Prohibits Discrimination Based on Hair Texture and Protective Hairstyles–Includes Updated Policy
    • Tennessee Creates New Shared Work Program
    • Tennessee Extends Protections From COVID-19 Liability
    Vermont
    • Vermont Passes Whistleblower and Protection Act
    • Vermont Amends Crime Victim Leave Law to Cover Alleged Victims–Includes Updated Policy
    Virginia
    • Virginia Amends Antidiscrimination Statute to Provide a Definition for Religion
    Washington
    • Washington Amends Emergency Rule on Heat Exposure for Outdoor Workers
    • Washington Adopts Emergency Rule on Employee Protections from Wildfire Smoke


    Developments Taking Effect This Month

    To help keep you on track, below is a reminder of previously enacted laws taking effect this month.

    Alabama
    • Alabama Adoption Promotion Act Requires That Employers’ Parental Leave Policies Cover Adoption–Now Includes Sample Policy (effective 07/01/22)
    • Alabama Passes Law on Marketplace Contractors (effective 07/01/22)
    Arizona
    • Arizona Expands Notification Requirements Under Data Security Breach Law (effective 07/23/22)
    • Arizona Amends Definition of “Employer” for Purposes of Sexual Harassment Claims (effective 07/28/22)
    California
    • San Francisco Amends Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance–Now Includes Updated Policy (effective 07/12/22)
    Connecticut
    • Connecticut Amends Law Providing Leave to Vote in Special Elections (effective 07/01/22)
    • Connecticut Bans Certain Mandatory Employer-Sponsored Meetings (effective 07/01/22)
    • Connecticut Releases Required Paid Family and Medical Leave Notice (effective 07/01/22)
    Delaware
    • Delaware Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave Law–Leave Benefits Available for use in 2026 (effective 07/01/22)
    Florida
    • Florida Limits Permissible Workplace Training on Diversity, Implicit Bias, and Systemic Racism (effective 07/01/22)
    • Florida Passes Law Protecting Businesses from Liability During a Public Health Emergency (effective 07/01/22)
    Georgia
    • New Georgia Law Prohibits COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Mandates (effective 07/01/22)
    Illinois
    • Chicago Updates its Anti-Harassment Law, Including New Policy Requirements–Now Includes Sample Policy (effective 07/01/22)
    • Scheduled Changes in Chicago Predictive Scheduling Take Effect July 1–Includes Updated Policy (effective 07/01/22)
    Indiana
    • Indiana Amends Law on Data Security Breach Notifications (effective 07/01/22)
    Kentucky
    • Kentucky Passes Law Regulating PEOs (effective 07/14/22)
    • Kentucky Expands Leave Available to Emergency Responders–Includes Updated Policy (effective 07/14/22)
    Maine
    • Amended Maine Law Will Require Vacation Payout When Employment Ends–Sample Policy Statement Included (effective 07/19/22)
    • Maine Amends Paid Leave Law to Address Dispute Resolution Under a CBA (effective 07/19/22)
    • Maine Expands Prohibited Race Discrimination to Include Discrimination Based on Hair Texture and Hairstyles–Includes Updated Policy (effective 07/19/22)
    • Maine Removes CBA Exemption from Whistleblower Protection Act (effective 07/19/22)
    Mississippi
    • Mississippi Passes Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (effective 07/01/22)
    New Mexico
    • New Mexico Enacts Statewide Paid Sick and Safe Time Law–Now Includes Sample Policy (effective 07/01/22)
    • New Mexico Issues Final Regulations Under Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law–Includes Updated Policy Template (effective 07/01/22)
    North Carolina
    • Durham County, North Carolina Passes Antidiscrimination Ordinance (effective 07/01/22)
    Ohio
    • Ohio Amends Law on Overtime (effective 07/06/22)
    South Dakota
    • South Dakota Amends Medical Marijuana Law, Expanding Conduct Employers Can Prohibit (effective 07/01/22)
    Tennessee
    • Tennessee Prohibits Discrimination Based on Hair Texture and Protective Hairstyles–Includes Updated Policy (effective 07/01/22)
    • Tennessee Repeals Provision Allowing Subminimum Wage for Individuals with Disabilities (effective 07/01/22)
    • Tennessee Amends Law on Child Labor Employment Certificates (effective 07/19/22)
    Virginia
    • New Virginia Law Establishes Family Leave Insurance as a Class of Insurance (effective 07/01/22)
    • Virginia Amends Antidiscrimination Statute to Provide a Definition for Religion (effective 07/01/22)
    • Virginia Clarifies Law on Fee Associated with Employer Child Support Withholding (effective 07/01/22)
    • Virginia Expands List of Devices Employers Must Provide After Certain Workplace Injuries (effective 07/01/22)
    • Virginia Realigns Overtime Requirement with Federal FLSA (effective 07/01/22)
    • Virginia Requires New Seizure First Aid Posting (effective 07/01/22)


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