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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 12, 2021

Employment Highlights from Oregon’s Active 2021 Legislative Session

June 2021 culminated in the elimination of COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon and significant changes to the state’s employment laws during the 2021 legislative session.

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July 1, 2021

Chicago Amends Paid Sick Leave Ordinance and Implements New Wage Theft Protections

On June 25, 2021, the Chicago City Council passed Ordinance No. O2021-2182, part of Mayor Lightfoot’s Chi Biz Strong Initiative.

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June 30, 2021

Employees in Ireland to Get Right to Statutory Sick Pay from 2022

The Irish government has recently announced plans to give employees the right to statutory sick pay (SSP) for the first time. Up to this point, employers have had full discretion to decide whether or not to provide sick pay.

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June 28, 2021

Los Angeles Mayor Revises Existing, and Issues New, Order Requiring Paid Sick Leave for Absences Related to COVID-19 Vaccines

On June 24, 2021, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti revised his Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Due to COVID-19 (SPSL) Order and issued a new order, Vaccine Paid Sick Leave Due to COVID-19 (CVL Order).

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June 21, 2021

Pandemic-Born Rules: Nevada’s Newest Employment Laws

In its 81st Session, the Nevada Legislature passed and Governor Sisolak signed into law approximately 140 pieces of new legislation. This article highlights key labor and employment laws that will soon take effect, or already are in effect.

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June 17, 2021

Colorado Supreme Court Finds Policies Requiring Forfeiture of Earned Vacation Unlawful

On June 14, 2021, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Nieto v. Clark’s Market, holding that company policies that provide for the forfeiture of earned vacation pay are unenforceable under Colorado law.

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June 16, 2021

Marin County, California Requires Small Employers to Provide Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

Marin County, California has enacted an urgency ordinance that requires employers in the County’s unincorporated areas with 25 or fewer employees to provide supplemental paid sick leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons through Sept. 30.

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June 16, 2021

Canada Introduces New Federal Holiday Commencing September 30, 2021: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On June 3, 2021, the federal government’s Bill C-5, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) received Royal Assent.

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June 15, 2021

New Connecticut Law Expands Lactation Accommodation Requirements

Earlier this month, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed House Bill No. 5158, “An Act Concerning Breastfeeding in the Workplace.”

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