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State & Local Updates

Knowing labor and employment law in general isn't enough. Our resources keep you in the know on compliance within your specific region and state.

Effective Nov. 26, a significant amendment to New York City's Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) prohibits discrimination based on height and weight. This development aligns the city with a growing trend of jurisdictions focused on combating size discrimination.

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed an executive order on Dec. 13 that requires all state agencies and public colleges to report how much they spend on inclusion, equity and diversity (IE&D) programs. The order aims to provide protections for Oklahomans and their tax dollars against such programs.

The Illinois Paid Leave for All Workers Act provides 40 hours of paid leave per year, frontloaded or accrued, for any purpose. That has some employers worried that the law is ripe for leave abuse. Written policies can help address these concerns.

Employees may be required to financially support unions in Michigan a bit sooner than originally anticipated. The Michigan legislature became the first state in almost 60 years to repeal it's right-to-work law earlier this year.

New York has joined the growing number of states that have enacted clean slate legislation that will automatically seal certain criminal records. The new law will require employers to review any hiring processes related to an applicant's criminal history. The Clean Slate Act will take effect Nov. 16, 2024.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul recently vetoed a bill that would have banned noncompete agreements in the state.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) finalized and adopted new rules focused on protecting workers from wildfire smoke hazards that will take effect on Jan. 15, 2024.

On Dec. 12, California’s Labor Commissioner revised its FAQs to address changes that will occur on Jan. 1, 2024, to the Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act (HWHFA), the statewide paid sick and safe leave law.

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