Employment Legislation Outlook

Upcoming Changes to State Laws

Date: January 06, 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:

January 2020

  • California expanded lactation accommodation requirements and additional unpaid organ donation leave effective January 1.
  • California statute legislating "ABC Test" for contractors effective January 1.
  • California bans mandatory arbitration agreements and expands required sexual harassment training effective January 1.
  • California protection against discrimination based on hair texture under definition of “race” effective January 1.
  • Illinois legalizes recreational marijuana effective January 1.
  • Illinois Workplace Transparency Act, which affects harassment laws and training requirements, effective January 1.
  • Washington paid family leave law benefits available starting January 1.
  • Duluth, Minnesota paid sick leave law effective January 1.
  • Nevada paid sick leave law effective January 1.
  • Oregon Employer Accommodation for Pregnancy Act effective January 1.
  • New Jersey salary history ban effective January 1.
  • New York salary history ban effective January 10.

March 2020

  • Pittsburgh paid sick leave law effective March 15.

May 2020

  • New York City ban on pre-employment testing for marijuana effective May 10.

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.?
  • 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. 


  • 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:

?October 2019

  • Connecticut sexual harassment training and notice requirements effective October 1.
  • M?assachusetts paid family and medical leave deductions delayed to October 1.
What to Watch:

Paid Parental Leave for Federal Workers

In late December, Congress included in the National Defense Authorization Act 12 weeks of paid parental leave for all federal workers, which must coincide with the birth, adoption or fostering of a child. The new parental leave goes into effect in October 2020.  While the paid leave does not extend to workers who are not employed by the federal government, the move shows a substantial shift in U.S. policy regarding paid parental leave.