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Federal - COBRA Model Notices Updated

On February 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor updated its Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) Model General and Model Election Notices. These notices now contain a new expiration date of January 1, 2023.

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Vermont - Unemployment Insurance Poster

In December 2019, the Vermont Unemployment Insurance mandatory poster was updated to reflect employee benefits available under the state’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivor’s Transitional Employment Program.

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Nevada - OSH Act Poster Updated

In January 2020, the Nevada Safety and Health Protection on the Job poster was updated to reflect increased penalty amounts for violations of the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Act. Employers must prominently display this poster in the workplace.

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Federal - EEO-1 Component 2 Closed

Pursuant to the February 10, 2020 court order in National Women’s Law Center, et al. v. Office of Management and Budget, et al., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EEO-1 Component 2 pay data collection for 2017 and 2018 is complete. For those employers who are currently in the process of submitting data and would like the opportunity to file, the Component 2 portal will remain open until 5 p.m. ET, February 14, 2020. However, the commiss ...Read More..

Pennsylvania - Philadelphia Salary History Ban Reinstated

On February 6, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed a district court’s preliminary injunction that prohibited the City of Philadelphia from enforcing its ban on employers asking for job applicants’ salary history, also referred to as the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance. Mayor Jim Kenney signed the Wage Equity Ordinance into law on January 23, 2017 and it was set to take effect May 23, 2017. However, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelph ...Read More..

Missouri - St Louis Ban the Box

Effective January 1, 2021, the St. Louis Ban the Box ordinance prohibits employers in the City of St. Louis from: Basing job hiring or promotion decisions on applicants’ criminal histories unless an employer can demonstrate their decision is based on all available information including the frequency, recentness, and severity of a criminal history and that the history is reasonably related to or bears upon the duties and responsibilities of t ...Read More..

California - Arbitration Permitted

On February 3, 2020, Chief District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller of the U.S. District Court for Eastern California released a minute order granting the plaintiff’s preliminary injunction and thus prohibiting the enforcement of CA A.B. 51. A.B. 51, scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2020, would have prohibited employers from requiring, as a condition o ...Read More..

Maryland - Ban the Box

On January 30, 2020, the Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation (H.B. 994) resulting in the state’s ban-the-box law being enacted. Under the law, employers with 15 or more full-time employees are prohibited from requiring a job applicant to disclose information regarding their criminal record before their first in-person interview, unless: Federal or state law requires an inquiry; The emp ...Read More..

Federal - New Form I-9

On January 31, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published the Form I-9 Federal Register notice announcing a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, as was approved by the federal Office of Management and Budget on October 21, 2019. This new version contains changes to the form and its instructions. Employers should begin using this updated form as of January 31, 2020. See the ...Read More..

New Mexico - City of Santa Fe Living Wage Increase

Effective March 1, 2020, all employers are required to pay employees an hourly wage of $12.10 per hour. This includes part-time and temporary employees. This living wage increase is in accordance with City of Santa Fe Living Wage Ordinance and corresponds to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Western Region for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers. All employers required to have a business license or registration from the city must pay at least the adjusted 2020 Living ...Read More..