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August 2, 2021

Texas Governor Abbott Signs New Order Aimed at Bringing Uniformity to the State’s COVID-19 Response

On July 29, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-38, combining several existing COVID-19 executive orders for the stated purpose of promoting statewide uniformity and certainty in the state's COVID-19 response.

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August 2, 2021

Duluth, Minnesota Amends Paid Sick and Safe Leave Ordinance

The mayor of Duluth, Minnesota recently signed File # 21-023-O, which, effective August 19, 2021, broadens covered uses of leave under the Earned Sick and Safe Time (ESST) Ordinance, and amends employer notice and enforcement provisions.

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July 30, 2021

Got the Green Light: New Puerto Rico Law Expands Employment Protections for Registered and Licensed Medical Cannabis Patients

On July 29, 2021, Puerto Rico enacted a law that expands employment protections to employees who are registered and licensed medical cannabis patients.

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July 29, 2021

Rollback: California Follows CDC Guidelines and Recommends Masking in Public Indoor Settings

On July 28, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued new guidance calling for masking measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

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July 29, 2021

Connecticut Limits Inquiries into Prospective Employees’ Ages

Governor Lamont recently signed a new law, effective October 1, 2021, which adds to the Fair Employment Practices Act an explicit ban on Connecticut employers inquiring into the ages of prospective employees “on an initial employment application.”

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July 29, 2021

You Put Your Mask Order On, You Take Your Mask Order Off: What the St. Louis Face Covering Orders Are All About

St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis issued similar face covering orders, effective July 26, 2021. They require individuals, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear a face covering when in “indoor and enclosed public buildings and spaces."

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July 28, 2021

Texas Adopts Expanded Protections for Employees Asserting Sexual Harassment Claims

Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently signed two new bills that significantly expand the protections for employees who assert claims of sexual harassment under the Texas Labor Code.

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July 22, 2021

Maine Legislative Update: Back to Work Incentives, Ban the Box, Tip Minimum, and Other Developments Affecting Employers

In a special session that ended on July 19, 2021, the Maine legislature enacted several new laws that will significantly impact almost all employers in the Pine Tree state. This article briefly summarizes key measures considered this session.

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July 19, 2021

Connecticut Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, Will Allow Employers to Continue Prohibiting Recreational Marijuana Use

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont recently signed Senate Bill 1201, making Connecticut the 19th state to legalize recreational marijuana for adults 21 years or older.

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July 15, 2021

Iowa Supreme Court Clarifies Requirements for Employee Drug Testing

In two opinions filed on June 25, 2021, the Iowa Supreme Court clarified the state’s complex employee drug-testing requirements.

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