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Bill to Exclude California Employees from CCPA Passes Senate Committee With Changes

Ogletree Deakins • July 14, 2019
On July 9, 2019, the California Senate Judiciary Committee passed Assembly Bill 25 (AB 25), but only after certain changes were made to quell opposition to the bill by labor groups. The bill was originally drafted to exclude employees and job applicants from the definition of “consumer” under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). With the changes adopted by the judiciary committee, AB 25 no longer seeks to exclude the employees and job applicants from the definition of consumer. Rather, the new version amends the CCPA in such a way that the net effect would be to limit the application of the CCPA on employment relationships but still require employers to tell employees what type of information they are collecting and the reasons for doing so.

New Jersey Amends Medical Marijuana Law

Fisher Phillips • July 14, 2019
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy recently signed into law amendments to the state’s medical marijuana law, providing greater clarity when it comes to the workplace implications of medical marijuana use by employees and applicants, while creating additional obligations for employers. The July 2 amendments took effect immediately, which means you should not delay incorporating the new law’s requirements into your day-to-day human resources practices.

New Jersey’s Amended Medical Marijuana Law Provides Job Protections And Includes Drug Testing Procedures

Jackson Lewis P.C. • July 14, 2019
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law on July 2, 2019 the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act (“CUMCA”) to expand patient access to medical marijuana and to reform the State’s medical marijuana program. The law amends the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, N.J.S.A. 24:61-2 et seq., (and changes its name to the Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act). The CUMCA makes several substantive changes to New Jersey’s medical marijuana program, including providing job protections to medical marijuana users and creating new drug testing procedures. The law took effect upon signing.

Oregon Passes Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

Jackson Lewis P.C. • July 14, 2019
Oregon has joined a growing number of states to require employers to provide their workers paid family and medical leave.

Oregon Passes Nation’s Most Generous Paid Family Leave Law

Fisher Phillips • July 11, 2019
While many Oregonians were enjoying a leisurely holiday break last week, Oregon lawmakers were busy enacting the nation’s most generous paid leave program. Governor Kate Brown signed a law into effect on July 1 that will provide 12 weeks of paid leave to just about every employee in the state (yes, even if you only have one employee), to be funded by a new payroll tax paid by both workers and employers with 25 or more employees. While the law doesn’t kick in until 2023, it’s never too early to learn about what’s around the corner and start to prepare. What do Oregon employers need to know about this groundbreaking new law?

New York Governor Signs Bills Aimed at Combating Salary Inequality

Jackson Lewis P.C. • July 10, 2019
New York’s equal pay law prohibiting wage differentials based on protected class status was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on July 10, 2019. The new equal pay law will be effective on October 8, 2019.

New York Enacts Tougher Laws on Pay Equity and Salary History Inquiries

Ogletree Deakins • July 10, 2019
As we previously reported, the New York State Senate and Assembly recently passed Senate Bill 5248A and Senate Bill 6549. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed both bills, and both became law on July 10, 2019.

New Oregon Law Restricts Nondisclosure, Nondisparagement Provisions in Workplace Agreements

Jackson Lewis P.C. • July 10, 2019
A new Oregon law limits employers’ use of nondisclosure or nondisparagement agreements with their employees with respect to employment discrimination or sexual assault.

Oregon, Connecticut Pass Sweeping Paid Family Leave Measures

XpertHR • July 10, 2019
Oregon has become the eighth state to approve paid family and medical leave with a measure that appears to be the broadest in the nation. Oregon passed its bill shortly after Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed a law implementing a broad paid family leave insurance program in the Constitution State.

Maine Enacts Law Extending Protections to Pregnant and Nursing Employees

Jackson Lewis P.C. • July 10, 2019
On June 27, 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law L.D. 666, which extends existing protections for pregnant and nursing employees in Maine. The act, entitled “An Act to Protect Pregnant Workers,” creates broad protections for workers, covering any limitation of an employee’s ability to perform their job due to pregnancy, child birth, or related medical conditions including lactation. The act also amends existing provisions of 5 M.R.S.A. § 4572-A to make the section’s protections gender-neutral.