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State Workplace Law News
New Year, New Laws: Compliance Challenges U.S. Employers Face in 2015
An influx of new and amended laws requires employers to establish, revisit, or revise policies and practices. Large and small states from every corner of the country took action impacting employers.

When Must Employers Pay Leave Benefits on Employee’s Separation?
No federal law requires an employer to provide an employee with sick leave, vacation leave or paid time off, but some states have passed legislation governing leave benefits.

Other Recent State Law Developments

CA - California Workplace Law News
Labor Agency Publishes Sick Pay Poster and Wage Notice
California’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement has published a poster and wage notice for employers to use in compliance with Assembly Bill 1522, California’s new mandatory sick pay law. 

MO -  Missouri Workplace Law News
Non-Compete Lacking Geographic Limitation, Not Tied to Confidential Information, Is Unenforceable
A Missouri employer failed in its attempt to enjoin a former employee from working for a competitor after a Missouri appeals court ruled his employment agreement was unenforceable as a matter of law. The court upheld a St. Louis County trial judge’s ruling that a non-compete without a geographic restriction, that sought to protect information widely known to the public, was unenforceable.

NJ - New Jersey Workplace Law News
More Cities Pass Paid Sick Leave Legislation
Following Newark and Jersey City’s lead, the cities of Passaic, East Orange, Paterson, and Irvington recently passed their own paid sick leave ordinances that will provide the majority of private employees working in those cities with paid sick leave. Additionally, on Election Day voters in Montclair and Trenton approved similar measures to bring paid sick leave to their cities.

NY - New York Workplace Law News
Rochester Is Second New York City to ‘Ban the Box’ in Hiring
Rochester, N.Y., recently joined Buffalo in adopting “ban the box” legislation, becoming the second city in the state to approve such legislation.

OH - Ohio Workplace Law News
Dual-Purpose Doctrine for Traveling Workers Rejected
The Ohio Supreme Court rejected the dual-purpose doctrine for determining whether an employee injured while traveling is entitled to worker’s compensation. 

TN - Tennessee Workplace Law News
Evidence Sufficient for Jury to Find Employer Retaliated Against Employee
A university’s former maintenance employee presented material evidence for a jury to infer that his supervisor knew he had filed a lawsuit for employment discrimination when she engaged in retaliatory conduct, a unanimous Tennessee Supreme Court held, reinstating a jury verdict for the employee.

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
Click on a state for a state law update. For a list of state-by-state charts on state laws, click here.
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