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.
  • South Carolina enacts Pregnancy Accommodation Act.

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.
  • Vermont salary history ban effective July 1. 

September 2018

  • Ohio medicinal marijuana program operational. 

October 2018

  • New Jersey paid sick leave law effective for all private employers; preempts existing local paid sick time laws. 


  • D.C. paid family leave payroll tax begins on July 1. Benefits effective July 1, 2020.
  • Maine recreational marijuana law operational. 


  • Washington paid family leave law effective. 


  • Hawaii paid family leave law effective. 

Did you know:

  • Connecticut and Hawaii poised to become the sixth and seventh states to ban salary history inquiries by private employers. Other jurisdictions include Delaware (2017), Oregon (2017), California (2018), Massachusetts (2018) and Vermont (2018). Half a dozen other states are considering similar laws.