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State Workplace Law News
Domestic Violence Victims Granted Leave Rights Under State Law
While no federal law directly addresses employer obligations to employees who are victims of domestic violence, a growing number of states and municipalities have enacted laws requiring some form of reasonable accommodation, including time off, for such employees. 

Other Recent State Law Developments

CA - California Workplace Law News
California Legislation Wrap-Up: Paid Sick Leave, Liability and Labor Contractors – and Telegraphs
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a stack of bills that affect HR professionals, including a measure guaranteeing paid sick leave for California workers and regulations governing contractors’ liability and workplace bullying training.

CO - Colorado Workplace Law News
Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Medical Marijuana/Discharge Case
The Colorado Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that may have major impact on marijuana and the workplace.

DC - District of Columbia Workplace Law News
Sick and Safe Leave Act Amendments Take Effect
Revisions to the District of Columbia's Accrued Sick and Safe Leave Act have become fully effective following the district's adoption of a 2015 budget.

IL -  Illinois Workplace Law News
New Law Protects Pregnant Workers from Discrimination
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new making it a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee for conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.   

NY -  New York Workplace Law News
Final Rules Clarify Employers’ Obligations under NYC’s Earned Sick Time Act
Final rules clarifying employers’ obligations under New York City’s recently enacted Sick Time Act, which gave many New York City employees up to 40 hours of paid sick leave annually, were adopted by the Department of Consumer Affairs. 

OH - Ohio Workplace Law News
Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to Pay $1 Billion in Rebates
Gov. John R. Kasich announced plans for Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to pay $1 billion rebate to Ohio's private and public sector workers' compensation customers.

TX -Texas Workplace Law News
Defamatory Comments About Former Employee Not Protected Speech
Defamatory comments made by a company about a former employee to potential employers calling for a reference are not protected speech under Texas Citizens Participation Act.


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.


States by U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
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