Updated Employment Laws

Upcoming Changes to State and Local Employment Laws

Over the next several months, new legislation will become effective in several states and localities ranging from updated harassment training requirements to expanded paid family leave laws.

As outlined by Proskauer Rose LLP, these new employment laws include the following:

  • Sexual Harassment:
    • “New York City’s Stop Sexual Harassment Act, effective April 1, 2019, will require employers with 15 or more employees to conduct annual anti-sexual harassment training for all employees.”
    • “[Delaware] employers with at least 50 employees will be required to provide interactive anti-sexual harassment training to all employees every 2 years.”
  • Leave Laws:
    • “The Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Program will provide eligible employees with up to 20 weeks per year of paid medical leave for an employee’s own serious health condition, as well as 12 weeks per year of paid leave for family-care purposes.”
  • Salary History:
    • “Effective January 1, 2019, employers in Connecticut are prohibited from asking (or directing a third party to ask) about an applicant’s salary history, unless the applicant has voluntarily disclosed such information.”

    Employers should review any new legislation tied to states in which they conduct business and/or have employees to ensure compliance.

    For more information on this legislation, please click here.


    The information included in this blog post originally appeared in an article from Proskauer Rose LLP on January 16, 2019, written by Evandro Gigante, Arielle E. Kobetz, and Tony S. Martinez.

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