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State and Local Resources

CA - California Workplace Law News
Flurry of Employment-Law Changes Greets HR in 2015
California HR professionals already have a lot of state-specific details they need to understand. This year, many new laws are taking effect, and employers are grappling with a flurry of court rulings and regulatory activity from 2014.

Other Recent State Law Developments

DC - District of Columbia Workplace Law News
New Wage Theft Prevention Act Increases Employer Liability
The District of Columbia’s new Wage Theft Prevention Act makes major changes in employer liability for failing to fully compensate employees for work completed. Offenses include paying subminimum wages, denying tips or not paying earned overtime pay.

IL - Illinois Workplace Law News
Minimum Wage for State Contractors and Subcontractors Raised
As one of his last acts in office, former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed an executive order raising the minimum wage requirements for state contractors and subcontractors to $10 per hour.

MA - Massachusetts Workplace Law News
New Parental Leave Law Extends Protections to Male Employees
Effective April 7, 2015, a new law establishes parental leave in Massachusetts for both female and male employees, replacing the current law, which provides only female employees with eight weeks of job-protected maternity leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

MD - Maryland Workplace Law News
Montgomery County Ban-the-Box Law Takes Effect
Montgomery County’s new ban-the-box ordinance, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2015, bars employers from inquiring about applicants’ criminal histories until the end of their first interview.

OH - Ohio Workplace Law News
Failure of Safety Equipment Not Enough to Hold Employer Liable
The Ohio Supreme Court found that an intentional tort claim requires proof of the employer
s deliberate intent to cause injury to an employee. The failure of an equipment safety guard is not sufficient by itself to show such intent.

OR - Oregon Workplace Law News
Eugene Publishes Proposed Paid Sick Leave Rules
The city of Eugene, Ore., passed a mandatory paid sick leave ordinance in July 2014, which is set to take effect on July 1, 2015. The city has published proposed rules that provide the all-important details about how the ordinance will actually work and what employers must do to comply.

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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