Employment Legislation Outlook

Upcoming Changes to State Laws

Date: February 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:

March 2021

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

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:

January 2021

  • California expands the CFRA effective January 1.
  • Connecticut paid family leave deductions begin January 1.
  • Maine paid sick and family emergency leave effective January 1.
  • Massachusetts paid family and medical leave benefits begin January 1.
  • Colorado paid sick leave law effective January 1.
  • Colorado salary history ban and pay transparency rules effective January 1.
  • Florida E-Verify requirements effective January 1.
  • Montana recreational marijuana law effective January 1.
  • Deadline for Connecticut employers to complete mandatory sexual harassment training extended to January 1.
  • St. Louis ban the box law effective January 1.
  • New York employees may begin using accrued paid sick leave on January 1.
  • Washington state sexual harassment and assault protections for isolated workers effective January 1.

COVID-19-Related Leave Law and Other Changes:

  • City of Oakland emergency paid sick leave ordinance extended into 2021.
  • Pittsburgh supplemental paid sick leave effective January 1.
  • City and County of San Francisco supplemental paid sick leave laws extended into February.
  • City and County of Sacramento supplemental paid sick leave ordinances extended until 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.
What to Watch:

Although state legislatures were not very active in January, the new Biden presidential administration will likely make changes that will impact employers. Please join us for our webinar series Transition: A Presidential Change.