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Colorado Employment Law Update – July 2017

Jul 17, 2017
Distracted Driving On June 1, 2017, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed legislation (S.B. 27) increasing the penalty for text messaging while operating a motor vehicle to a $300 fine and four points for each offense. Drivers may also be imprisoned if their actions result in another person’s injury or death.…
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Louisiana Employment Law Update – June 2017

Jun 30, 2017
State Income Tax Updates On June 22, 2017, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation (H.B. 639) excluding from state income tax compensation that is earned by out of state employees and nonresident businesses for disaster- or emergency-related work performed during disaster periods. The law is effective July 1, 2017.…
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Iowa Employment Law Update – July 2017

Jul 17, 2017
Distracted Driving On March 17, 2017, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed legislation (S.F. 234) making the use of electronic communication devices to write, send, or read text messages while driving a primary offense. The law became effective July 1, 2017. Read IA S.F. 234
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North Carolina Employment Law Update – July 2017

Corporate and Personal Income Tax Rate On June 28, 2017, North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the Current Operation Appropriations Act (S.B. 257) was overridden by the House. Subsequently, the legislation will reduce corporate income tax rates from 3 percent to 2.5 percent and the personal income tax rate…
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Pennsylvania Employment Law Update – July 2016

Aug 2, 2016
Mandated Health Benefits – Oral Chemotherapy Medication On July 8, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe signed legislation (H.B. 60) regarding health insurance coverage for oral chemotherapy medications. Pursuant to the bill, whenever a health insurance policy provides coverage that includes coverage for intravenously administered or injected chemotherapy medications which have…
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Maryland Employment Law Update – July 2017

Jul 28, 2017
Unemployment Compensation Eligibility During Closure On April 18, 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation (S.B. 17) authorizing the Maryland Secretary of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to exempt an employee from being required to actively seek work to be eligible for unemployment benefits when his or her employer closes its…
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Maine Employment Law Update – July 2017

Child Labor Law Poster Updated The Maine Department of Labor updated its Child Labor Laws poster with the following content changes: New protections for minors under age 18. Minors ages 14 and 15 are prohibited from working in hazardous occupations. All minors under age 16 must have a work permit.…
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Maryland Employment Law Update – August 2018

Aug 27, 2018
Veterans’ Preference Definitions On May 15, 2018, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed legislation (H.B. 1617) altering the definition of eligible veteran to include the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service and the Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the purpose of granting a preference in…
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New Hampshire Employment Law Update – July 2017

Jul 17, 2017
Tip Pooling On July 5, 2017, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation (S.B. 37) permitting employees who participate in a tip pool to provide a portion of the common pool to other employees who also provided service to customers, regardless of job category. The law is effective September 30,…
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Nevada Employment Law Update – November 2016

Nov 18, 2016
Voters Approve Recreational Use of Marijuana On November 8, 2016, Nevada voters approved ballot initiative Question 2, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act. The act permits the recreational use of marijuana by adults 21 and older with some restrictions. With regards to employment, the act explicitly permits employers to…
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Michigan Employment Law Update – January 2017

Feb 14, 2017
Jackson Enacts Ordinance Prohibiting Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination On February 8, 2017, the Jackson City Council approved an ordinance (No. 2017-03) that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations. The ordinance applies to employers in the city employing one or more…
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Illinois Employment Law Update – September 2016

Oct 10, 2016
Cook County Paid Sick Leave Ordinance On October 5, 2016, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved an ordinance that will require employers in the county to provide employees with up to five days of paid sick leave each year. The requirement, which goes into effect on July 1, 2017,…
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