Does the proliferation of varying and unpredictable new state laws on paid sick leave, parental leave, applicant history and other employment issues keep you up at night? Do you worry about being able to keep up on which new state laws have been enacted and when you have to make changes that will impact your employees and business? We’re here to help.

Every month, Thompson Hine will send you an overview of future state law developments that, as an HR professional or employment counsel, you need to know about. These state-specific changes are combined in one alert that will make it easy to keep on top of your to-do list. And we try to give you advance notice of what changes are coming so you can actually plan for tomorrow instead of triaging for today.


With new state employment laws continuously being enacted, it can be challenging to keep up on each change and ensure that your policies and practices are compliant. We have your solution. This monthly digest is designed to keep you apprised of upcoming major state law changes in areas including paid sick and safe leave laws, family and parental leave, recreational and medicinal marijuana use, workplace gun laws, asking candidates about salary history and unpredictable scheduling. Here’s what’s on the horizon: June 2018

  • Washington’s ban the box law and other bills designed to address sexual harassment in the workplace go into effect on June 7.

July 2018

  • Massachusetts employers may not ask about wage or salary history on application.
  • New Jersey equal pay act effective July 1.
  • Oregon predictive scheduling law effective July 1.
  • Rhode Island paid sick and safe leave law effective July 1.

September 2018

  • Ohio medicinal marijuana program operational.

October 2018

  • New Jersey poised to mandate paid sick leave for all private employers and preempts existing local paid sick time laws.
  • D.C. paid family leave payroll tax begins on July 1. Benefits effective July 1, 2020.

  • Washington paid family leave law effective.

In case you missed it: April 2018

  • Massachusetts implements Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions. Employers must provide written notice to employees of the right to be free from such discrimination no later than April 1, 2018.
Have you:
  • Trained recruiters and interviewers who interact with candidates in states (like Massachusetts) that prohibit employers from asking about a candidate's salary history? Updating your application alone will not guarantee compliance with these state laws. All individuals involved in the hiring process should be prepared to ask questions that are within the bounds of the law.

Did you know:

  • Hawaii is poised to become the 6th state to approve paid family leave. Other jurisdictions include California (2004), New Jersey (2009), Rhode Island (2014), New York (2018), D.C. (2019) and Washington (2020).