Upcoming Changes to State Laws

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:

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.

July 2018

  • Massachusetts employers may not ask about wage or salary history on application.
  • 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.
  • 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:

March 2018

  • Washington prohibits discrimination against victims of domestic violence and requires employers to accommodate reasonable safety requests.
  • Washington implements new gender pay equity laws.

Other notable changes:

  • Michigan strengthened its law that forbids local governments from limiting the questions employers can ask during job interviews, barring salary history questions on applications or mandating sick leave. Michigan is one of 19 states to buck local governments’ attempts to legislate these issues.
  • Austin, Texas becomes the first southern city to enact a paid sick leave law.

Did you know:

  • Three states – California, Connecticut and Maine – mandate some anti-harassment training for supervisors and/or employees.