May begins the legislative homestretch for a number of states. Nearly half of the state legislatures have adjourned for the year, and another nine are expected to end their sessions by the end of the month.
On April 23, 2018, the Minnesota House Majority Leader introduced a bill to amend the Minnesota Human Rights Act to change the legal standard for sexual harassment. If passed, the bill would do away with the “severe or pervasive” standard.
Effective June 7, 2018, Washington State amended its domestic violence leave law to require employers to provide reasonable safety accommodations. The amendments also prohibit discrimination and retaliation based on actual or perceived victim status.
Employers that use criminal record screening policies must continue to be vigilant about compliance with all applicable laws. A recent settlement by one of the nation’s leading retailers reinforces this point.