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Federal Employment Law Update – February 2017

Feb 27, 2017
CMS Extends “Grandmothered” Policies Another Year On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a welcome extension for individuals and small businesses who have certain, non-Affordable Care Act compliant policies. The extension applies to non-Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant coverage offered in the individual and small group…
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North Carolina Employment Law Update – July 2016

Aug 2, 2016
North Carolina Reinstates Right to Sue for Employment Discrimination On July 18, 2016, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed legislation (H.B. 169) that restores the right to sue for discrimination in state courts. House Bill 169 restores the state tort claim of wrongful discharge in violation of the public policy…
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Kentucky Employment Law Update – January 2017

Feb 13, 2017
Governor Signs Fair Chance Employment Initiative Executive Order On February 1, 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Beven signed Executive Order 2017-64, known as the “Fair Chance Employment Initiative.” The order requires state agencies to amend their job applications to remove questions regarding convictions and criminal history. The order also prohibits agencies…
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Connecticut Employment Law Update – January 2017

Jan 16, 2017
State Fair Employment Practices Act Does Not Authorize Punitive Damages On December 30, 2016, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled, in Tomick v. UPS, Inc., that the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA) does not authorize the award of punitive damages. The underlying litigation involved a disability discrimination claim of a…
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California Employment Law Update – January 2018

Jan 22, 2018
Workplace Discrimination Poster Updated In November 2017, the California Division of Labor and Employment updated its workplace discrimination poster, California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination and Harassment, to include the new supervisor training requirements to prevent sexual harassment and a revision date of November 2017. All employers must conspicuously post this…
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Maryland Employment Law Update – January 2018

Jan 29, 2018
Healthy Working Families Act In January 2018, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation (H.B. 1) to enact the Healthy Working Families Act. Under the act, employers with 15 or more employees must provide employees with paid, earned sick and safe leave, and employers with 14…
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New York Employment Law Update – May 30, 2017

Jun 5, 2017
New York City Fair Workweek Package On May 30, 2017, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the New York City Fair Workweek package (Int. 1387-A, Int. 1388-A, Int. 1395-A, and Int. 1396-A) into law, requiring predictable schedules and paychecks for fast food and retail workers in New York…
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Maryland Employment Law Update – May 2017

May 22, 2017
Electronic Filing of W-2s On May 4, 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation (S.B. 304) requiring employers to submit Form W-2, Income Tax Withholding Statements, in an electronic format. The Comptroller of Maryland retains authorization to waive the electronic submission requirement if the comptroller determines that the requirement will…
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Minnesota Employment Law Update – In Effect July 1, 2017

Jun 5, 2017
Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Poster Beginning July 1, 2017, Minneapolis workers accrue one hour of sick and safe time for every 30 hours worked. Employers must front-load time or allow each employee to accrue at least 48 hours per year, which must carry over from year to year, until…
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New York Employment Law Update – June 2016

Jul 5, 2016
Mandated Health Coverage – Detection of Breast Cancer On June 27, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.B. 8093) relating to coverage for the detection of breast cancer. According to the Governor’s press release, Senate Bill 8093: Requires 210 hospitals and hospital extension clinics to offer extended hours…
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Illinois Employment Law Update- December 2017

Dec 19, 2017
Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act Amended On August 24, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (S.B. 1895) amending the Volunteer Emergency Worker Job Protection Act to prohibit employers from disciplining or terminating a volunteer emergency medical services worker or firefighter for responding to a call or text message…
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New Hampshire Employment Law Update – June 2016

Jul 5, 2016
Mandated Health Benefits – Prior Authorization for Substance Use Treatment On June 16, 2016, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed legislation (S.B. 532) clarifying prior authorization requirements under the managed care law for substance use disorder services. Substance use disorder services means health care services that are provided to a…
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