Employment Legislation Outlook

Upcoming Changes to State Laws

Date: April 01, 2021

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:

July 2021

  • South Dakota recreational marijuana law effective July 1.

October 2021

  • Pennsylvania increases minimum salary threshold for “white collar” exemptions exceeding federal counterpart on October 3.


  • Connecticut paid family leave benefits begin January 1.
  • Oregon paid family leave contributions required January 1.


  • Colorado paid family leave deductions begin January 1.


  • Colorado paid family leave benefits begin January 1.
In case you missed it:

March 2021

  • California pay data reporting due March 31 for certain employers.

COVID-19-Related Leave Law and Other Changes:

  • New York quarantine leave law extended into 2021.
  • City of Oakland emergency paid sick leave ordinance extended into 2021.
  • Pittsburgh supplemental paid sick leave effective January 1.
  • City and County of Los Angeles supplemental paid sick leave expanded.
  • City and County of San Francisco supplemental paid sick leave laws extended into February.
  • City of Long Beach COVID-19 paid sick leave ordinance extended on rolling 90-day basis.
  • City and County of Sacramento supplemental paid sick leave ordinances extended until
    March 31. 
  • City of Santa Rosa COVID-19 related paid sick leave reinstated through March 31.
  • San Jose emergency paid sick leave ordinance extended to June 30.
  • San Mateo County supplemental paid sick leave ordinance extended through June 30.
  • County of Sonoma emergency paid sick leave ordinance extended through June 30.
  • New York vaccine paid leave effective
    March 12.
  • California supplemental paid sick leave available January 1 through September 30.
What to Watch:

The American Rescue Plan Act extends the ability of employers to voluntarily provide paid sick leave under a slightly expanded FFCRA framework through September 30, 2021.