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CA - California Workplace Law News
California Family Rights Act Amendments Go Into Effect
Significant amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) regulations took effect on July 1, 2015.   

Other Recent State Law Developments

CO - Colorado Workplace Law News
Colo. High Court: Employer Can Fire Employee for Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that a worker’s use of state-licensed medical marijuana off-duty and off of the employer’s premises during nonwork hours can be a cause for dismissal, upholding the decisions of two lower courts.  

CT - Connecticut Workplace Law News
Conn. Imposes Double Damages for Failure to Pay Proper Minimum Wage or Overtime
Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that imposes double damages on employers who fail to pay an employee minimum wage or overtime.

IN - Indiana Workplace Law News
Indiana Wage Law Amendments Go Into Effect
Two significant changes to Indiana’s wage laws went into effect on July 1, 2015.

MA - Massachusetts Workplace Law News
Mass. Attorney General Publishes Final Earned Sick Time Regulations
The Massachusetts attorney general published the final regulations concerning the new earned sick time (EST) law. These final regulations differ somewhat from the draft regulations submitted in April and provide clarification and additional detail to aid with implementation. 

NJ - New Jersey Workplace Law News
Employee’s Theft of Employer’s Documents May Be Prosecuted
A former school board employee who removed confidential documents to assist in her employment lawsuit filed against the school board may be criminally prosecuted, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled.

NY - New York Workplace Law News
NYC Bans Criminal Record Inquiry Prior to Job Offer
The New York City Council passed a new law prohibiting public and private sector employers from inquiring about a job applicant's criminal record history before making a conditional offer of employment. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign the new law, known as the "Fair Chance Act." The law would take effect 120 days from the mayor’s approval. 

OR - Oregon Workplace Law News
Oregon Enacts Paid Sick Leave
Oregon has become the fourth state, after Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts, to mandate that employers provide their employees sick leave benefits.

Oregon Bans the Box, Strengthens Noncompete and Social Media Protections
House Bill (H.B.) 3025 regulates when Oregon employers can ask applicants to disclose criminal convictions, H.B. 3236 reduces the maximum enforceable duration of a noncompetition agreement to 18 months from the current 24 months and Senate Bill 185 adds two categories of prohibited conduct to the state’s password protection law.

RI - Rhode Island Workplace Law News
Rhode Island Raises Minimum Wage Again: Now $9.60 per Hour
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed into law another increase to the state’s minimum wage. This marks the fourth straight year that Rhode Island has raised its minimum wage.  Effective Jan 1, 2016, the minimum wage will be $9.60 per hour.

 

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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