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State Workplace Law News
States Require Employers to Accommodate Pregnancy
A new law in Delaware requires employers to accommodate pregnant workers. Since 2013, similar measures have been enacted in Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and West Virginia, as well as in New York City, Philadelphia and Providence, R.I.

Other Recent State Law Developments

CA - California Workplace Law News
California Enacts Law Requiring Employers to Provide Paid Sick Leave
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, making California the second state, after Connecticut,  to implement paid sick leave state-wide. This law takes effect July 1, 2015.

IL -  Illinois Workplace Law News
State Amends Wage Act to Allow Use of Payroll Cards
After Jan. 1, 2015, Illinois employers may pay employees’ wages with payroll cards in addition to paying by cash, check, or direct deposit into a bank account.

MA -  Massachusetts Workplace Law News
State Enacts New Domestic Violence Leave Law
Gov. Deval Patrick signed a new law requiring employers of 50 or more to provide employees with up to 15 days of unpaid leave in any 12-month period if they or a family member are victims of abusive behavior. 

NE -  Nebraska Workplace Law News
State Mandates Autism Treatment
Legislative Bill 254 requires insurers to cover the diagnosis and treatment of autism through age 20, starting with plans issued on or after Jan. 1, 2015. 

NJ -  New Jersey Workplace Law News
Governor Vetoes Unemployment Bias Bill
Gov. Chris Christie vetoed Senate Bill 1440, which would have barred employers from taking adverse action against applicants because they are unemployed.  

OH - Ohio Workplace Law News
Outside Salespeople Are Not Exempt Employees Under State Constitution
The Ohio minimum wage statute unconstitutionally restricted the definition of employee in the Ohio Constitution to exempt outside salespeople, an Ohio appellate court ruled, declaring the law invalid.  

PA - Pennsylvania Workplace Law News
Philadelphia Mayor Signs Bill Mandating Employers to Allow Breastfeeding
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed a bill requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodation to employees who seek to breastfeed.

SHRM Reports on State Legislation
For the most recent information on the status of an HR issue SHRM is monitoring in state legislatures, see the SHRM Government Public Policy State Affairs under the "Public Policy" tab.

 

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