City of Baltimore Lactation Accommodation On January 14, 2019, City of Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh signed an ordinance (Ord. No. 18-0276) requiring employers with two or more full-time equivalent employees working in the city to both: Provide lactation accommodations, including lactation breaks and locations; and Develop, distribute, and implement policies and procedures for lactation accommodations….

Pay Equity On April 12, 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed legislation (S.P. 90) regarding pay equality. Under the act: Evidence of unlawful employment discrimination includes, but is not limited to, an employer’s inquiring, either directly or indirectly, about the compensation history of a prospective employee (applicant) from the applicant, the applicant’s current or former…

Domestic Service in Minimum Wage Act On April 4, 2019, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed legislation (S.B. 85) amending the New Mexico Minimum Wage Act to remove the exception of domestic service from wage protections. The law is effective June 14, 2019. Read NM S.B. 85 Medical Marijuana and Employment Protections On April…

Time Off to Vote On April 12, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.B. 1505) as part of the 2020 New York State budget package and amending the state’s election law, N.Y. Elec. Law § 3-110, as follows: A registered voter may, without loss of pay for up to three hours, take off so much working time…

State Employee Family Leave On March 26, 2019, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum signed legislation (H.B. 1470) modifying the terms of state employee family leave to permit bereavement leave for the death of an employee’s child if the leave concludes within six months of the death. The law is effective August 1, 2019. Read ND…

Cincinnati Prohibits Salary History Inquiry and Use On March 13, 2019, the Cincinnati City Council passed an ordinance (No. 83-2019) prohibiting private employers within Cincinnati with 15 or more employees in the city from: Inquiring about an applicant’s salary history; Screening applicants based on their current or prior wages, benefits, other compensation, or salary histories…

Smoking Prohibitions to Include Vaping On March 27, 2019, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed legislation (H.B. 1209) to add the use of vapor products to the state’s smoking prohibitions in public places and the workplace. In addition to other definitions, the law clarifies that vapor products are any noncombustible product containing nicotine that employs a heating…

Veterans Preference to Spouses On April 1, 2019, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed legislation (S.B. 221) permitting private employers who provide a veterans preference to also apply it to veterans’ spouses. If the applicant is a veteran’s spouse, the employer may require that the spouse submit the veteran’s discharge document. The law is effective May…

Wage Payment On April 3, 2019, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation (H.B. 2664) requiring each employer to provide on each regular pay date a written statement, by a paystub or online accounting, that shows the employer’s name and address, the number of hours worked during the pay period, and the rate of pay. Currently…

Background Checks On March 25, 2019, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice signed legislation (S.B. 152) requiring applicants seeking employment in which they would be engaged in the prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution, or incarceration of people who violate the law must disclose all such expunged convictions to their prospective employer. In addition, employers that are required…