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.
At approximately 1:00 a.m. CST on February 16, 2018, the Austin, Texas City Council approved an ordinance establishing a paid sick leave requirement that will apply to all private employers located within the City.
The Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act goes into effect on April 1, 2018. This new law requires employers with six or more employees to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees.
The Governor of Puerto Rico recently signed into law Act No. 28 (“Act 28”), entitling all employees, including temporary employees, with up to six days of paid leave per year if they suffer from a “catastrophic illness.”
The majority of state legislatures are back in session, wasting no time considering new labor and employment measures. More than 600 state and local bills governing workplace issues were introduced or actively evaluated in January.