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MA - Massachusetts Workplace Law News
Expanded Parental Leave Law Goes Into Effect April 2015
Effective April 7, 2015, the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA) extends coverage to male employees. The MMLA applies to companies with six or more employees and allows employers to provide paid or unpaid leave.

Other Recent State Law Developments

CA - California Workplace Law News
Eight Major ‘Compliance Hot Spots’ in California
There are many ways in which employment laws in California differ from those in the rest of the country. An employment attorney discusses eight of these “compliance hot spots.”

DC - District of Columbia Workplace Law News
Legislation Allows Employees to Discuss Wages
The District of Columbia has passed the Wage Transparency Act of 2014, which prohibits all private employers within the district from implementing workplace policies that forbid employees from discussing their wages with coworkers.

HI - Hawaii Workplace Law News
State Supreme Court Considers Ex-Offender Anti-Discrimination Law
A recent Hawaii Supreme Court decision underscores that employers must continue to be mindful of fair employment laws in states, like Hawaii, that extend various protections to ex-offenders.

IL - Illinois Workplace Law News
Cook County Passes Ordinance to Combat Wage Theft
The Cook County Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance that prohibits any company or individual who is found liable for wage theft from obtaining Cook County procurement contracts, business licenses or property tax incentives for a period of five years.

OH - Ohio Workplace Law News
Employee Exposed to HIV May Proceed with Disability Bias Claims
An employee who alleged that her employer terminated her because it regarded her as disabled after she was exposed to HIV could proceed with her disability bias claims under federal and Ohio law, an Ohio federal court ruled.

PR - Puerto Rico Workplace Law News
Supreme Court Clarifies Employer Obligations to Eradicate Workplace Sexual Harassment
The Puerto Rico Supreme Court held that, in fulfilling their obligation to prevent, prohibit and eradicate sexual harassment in the workplace, employers may adopt rules and regulations that go beyond the requirements of Puerto Rico law.

SHRM Reports on State Legislation
For the most recent information on the status of an HR issue SHRM is monitoring in state legislatures, see the SHRM Government Public Policy State Affairs under the "Public Policy" tab. 

States by U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
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