### Latest Employment Law Updates

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Maryland

March 21, 2018

Maryland has issued additional employer resources for its new Earned Sick and Safe Leave law, including a required poster and new FAQs.

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California

January 1, 2018

California passed Assembly Bill No. 168, which prevents employers from asking applicants about salary history. The law applies to all employers, regardless of size.

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Washington

January 1, 2018

All employers in Washington state will be required to provide paid sick leave to their non-exempt employees. Employees need to accrue sick leave at the rate of 1 hour per 40 hours worked, and employers must permit employees to use any of the paid sick leave they accumulate throughout the year.

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Nevada

January 1, 2018

Nevada employers must permit employees to take unpaid time off for reasons related to being a victim of domestic violence. Employers are also required to display a poster that informs employees of their rights.

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California

January 1, 2018

California employers are subject to yet another leave of absence requirement, officially titled the New Parent Leave Act, but also commonly known as Baby Bonding Leave. Under the New Parent Leave Act, employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave to bond with a new child. It applies to employers who have 20 or more employees within a 75-mile radius.

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California

January 1, 2018

California has passed a law restricting an employers ability to request information about an applicants criminal history until after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The law applies to all employers with five (5) or more employees.

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Minnesota

January 1, 2018

Minnesota employers are reminded that the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota enacted a paid sick leave ordinance that went into effect on July 1, 2017. All employers with more than 23 employees had to comply with the sick leave law by July 1, 2017, while smaller employers were given until January 1, 2018 to comply.

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California

January 1, 2018

Employers in the City of San Francisco, California are subject to new strict requirements for accommodating lactation in the workplace. When an employee requests a space to express milk, employers must respond to the request within five (5) business days, and maintain records of the request and accommodation process for at least three (3) years. The space that is provided cannot be a bathroom, but it can be a space that is used for other purposes. However, San Francisco employers must make clear to employees that if it is a shared space, lactation breaks take a priority over other uses of the room.

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New York

December 6, 2017

Albany County, New York passed a law preventing employers from asking applicants about salary history. The law applies to all employers in Albany County who employ four (4) or more employees.

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New York

October 31, 2017

New York City law will prevent employers from seeking out salary history about applicants during the hiring process. This includes a prohibition on asking an applicants current or prior employer about their pay rates. The law does not prevent applicants from volunteering salary history, as long as that information is disclosed without any prompting by the employer.

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California

October 1, 2017

City of Berkeley, California employers with ten (10) or more employees will be required to consider requests for flexible or predictable working arrangements. This law was passed in large part due to the increase of parents and caregivers in the workforce, and issues of some employers (typically restaurants and retailers) having frequent last-minute changes in employee schedules which make commuting and care planning difficult.

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Nevada

October 1, 2017

Nevada has expanded its anti-discrimination laws to provide greater protections for pregnant employees. Employers with at least 15 employees must post the appropriate notice in a conspicuous location in the workplace. Employers must also distribute the notice to all new employees at the time of hire, and again within 10 days of any employee disclosing that they are pregnant.

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Connecticut

October 1, 2017

Connecticut has expanded its anti-discrimination laws to provider greater protections for pregnant employees. This law, An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace, expands protections under the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA).

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All

September 18, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated the I-9 documents again, requiring all employers to start using a new I-9 form.

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Illinois

August 11, 2017

Illinois recently passed a law protecting an employees ability to wear religious attire and adhere to religious grooming standards. This law applies to Illinois employers with 15 or more employees.