Employment Legislation Outlook

Upcoming Changes to State Laws

Date: April 01, 2020

With new state employment laws continuously being enacted, it can be challenging to keep up on each change and ensure that your policies and practices are compliant. We have your solution.
This monthly digest is designed to keep you apprised of upcoming major state law changes in areas including paid sick and safe leave laws, family and parental leave, recreational and medicinal marijuana use, workplace gun laws, asking candidates about salary history and unpredictable scheduling.

Here’s what’s on the horizon:

May 2020

  • New York City ban on pre-employment testing for marijuana effective May 10.
  • New Mexico pregnancy accommodation law effective May 20.

July 2020

  • Chicago predictive scheduling law applicable to large employers in seven industry sectors effective July 1. 
  • California extends paid family leave benefits from 6 to 8 weeks effective July 1.
  • New Jersey expands paid family leave benefits effective July 1.​
  • Toledo, Ohio salary history ban effective July 4.
  • New Jersey mandates severance pay in the event of a mass layoff effective July 19.
  • Washington state requirements to prevent and track workplace violence at medical facilities effective July 1.
  • Bernalillo County, New Mexico paid time off law effective July 1.

August 2020

  • Illinois school conference and activity leave requirement changes go into effect. 

September 2020

  • New York state paid sick leave law effective mid-September.

October 2020

  • Paid parental leave for federal workers effective October 1.


  • Connecticut paid family leave deductions begin January 1.
  • Maine paid sick and family emergency leave effective January 1.
  • Colorado salary history ban effective January 1.


  • Oregon paid family leave contributions required January 1.
In case you missed it:

March 2020

  • Pittsburgh paid sick leave law effective March 15.

For immediate effect

  • Colorado health emergency leave with pay effective March 11.
  • New York state quarantine leave effective March 18.
  • New Jersey TDI and FLI expansion effective March 25.
What to Watch:

Information on new federal legislation:

  • New Employee Leave Benefits Enacted by Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • DOL Issues Employer Guidance on Implementing Families First Coronavirus Response Act
  • Federal CARES Act Provides Substantial Relief to Employers from Effects of COVID-19