New Employment Laws for 2016

As of January 1, 2016, new state and local government laws are mandating employers meet obligations stricter than what the federal government requires. Lexology gave a brief rundown on the changes and where they are taking place:

Minimum Wage Increases: Although the federal minimum wage remains unchanged at $7.25 an hour, cities and states across the country have implemented significant changes in an attempt to keep up with inflation and cost of living changes. In addition, some cities and states plan on increasing the minimum wage throughout the course of the year.

California Employee Rights: California amended its Equal Pay Act, Fair Employee and Housing Act, and Kim Care Leave Amendments

Illinois Equal Pay Act: Like California, Illinois amended its Equal Pay Act to cover all employers of any size.

New York State and New York City Employment Laws: The Women’s Equality Act will amend New York’s Equal Pay Law and New York’s Human Rights Law. In addition, New York City passed the New York City Commuter Benefits Law.

Oregon requires paid sick leave: Oregon passed the following laws: Paid Sick Leave Preemption Law and Ban the Box Law, which prohibits employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background in the early states. Additionally, Oregon amended the Social Media Privacy Law.

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