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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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July 15, 2021

Washington Becomes Second State to Issue Emergency Heat Standard

On July 9, 2021, Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries filed an emergency rule to increase protection for employees exposed to extreme heat at work.

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July 14, 2021

NY DOL Publishes its Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan in Accordance With the NY HERO Act

The NY Department of Labor has published a series of documents including its Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Standard, a Model Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan, and 11 industry-specific template plans.

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July 12, 2021

Oregon OSHA Issues Temporary Heat Standard

On July 8, 2021, Oregon’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) adopted emergency Heat Illness Prevention rules to establish workplace heat safety requirements that apply when temperatures in a work area reach or exceed 80 degrees.

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July 9, 2021

Employers Must Collect Employee Premiums under the New “Washington Cares” Program Starting 1/1/2022; Employee Window to Obtain Alternate Coverage Closes on 11/1/2021

Washington enacted the Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Act, making it the first state in the country to adopt a mandatory, public long-term care insurance program for workers. This article highlights key aspects of the “WA Cares Fund.”

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