Employment Legislation Outlook

Upcoming Changes to State Laws

Date: August 03, 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:

August 2020

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

September 2020

  • New York state paid sick leave law effective September 30.

October 2020

  • Paid parental leave for federal workers effective October 1.

January 2021

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


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

July 2020

  • Chicago predictive scheduling law applicable to large employers in seven industry sectors effective July 1. 
  • Chicago Paid Sick Leave Ordinance amendments 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.‚Äč
  • Virginia Values Act enacts new anti-discrimination, pregnancy accommodation, worker misclassification and non-compete laws 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.

COVID-19-Related Leave Law Changes:

  • Colorado health emergency leave with pay effective March 11. 
  • D.C. expanded paid sick leave benefits effective March 11.
  • New York state quarantine leave effective March 18. 
  • Seattle expanded paid sick and safe time law effective March 18.
  • New Jersey TDI and FLI expansion effective March 25. 
  • Los Angeles supplemental paid sick leave law effective April 7.
  • San Francisco voluntary Workers and Families First paid sick leave program available April 1.
  • San Jose emergency paid sick leave ordinance effective April 7.
  • San Francisco Public Health Emergency Leave Ordinance effect April 17.
  • California paid sick leave for food sector workers effective April 16.
  • Oakland supplemental emergency sick leave effective May 18.
  • Long Beach, California COVID-19 paid supplemental sick leave ordinance effective May 19.
  • Colorado expands the FFCRA’s emergency paid sick leave provisions to employers of all sizes. 
  • Sacramento enacts supplemental paid sick leave law effective June 30.
  • Santa Rosa local urgency ordinance expanding paid sick leave effective July 7.
  • San Mateo County emergency supplemental paid sick leave effective July 8.
  • Seattle temporary Gig Worker Paid Sick and Safe Time Ordinance effective October 1.
What to Watch:

Approximately 30 million unemployed workers received their final $600 weekly CARES Act unemployment supplement the last week of July. Congress is in the process of negotiating a new stimulus package that may continue the federal unemployment supplement for an additional period of time, but likely at an amount less than $600 per week. Other stimulus package proposals include: stronger liability protections to shield schools, businesses and hospitals from lawsuits related to reopening; additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program that gives loans to small businesses as an incentive to retain employees; and funding for schools to help them reopen in the fall.