Employment Legislation Outlook

Upcoming Changes to State Laws

Date: September 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:

September 2021

  • Expansion of Texas Commission on Human Rights Act effective September 1.

October 2021

  • Nevada leave to assist family members effective October 1.
  • Pennsylvania increases minimum salary threshold for “white collar” exemptions exceeding federal counterpart on October 3.


  • Connecticut paid family leave benefits begin January 1.
  • Amendments to Minnesota's pregnancy accommodation laws effective January 1.
  • Oregon non-compete law effective January 1.
  • Oregon hairstyle and texture anti-discrimination protections effective January 1.
  • New Mexico paid sick leave effective July 1.


  • Colorado paid family leave deductions begin January 1.
  • Illinois employers must begin to file annual reports similar to EEO-1 with the Illinois Secretary of State.
  • New Hampshire voluntary paid family leave effective January 1.
  • Oregon paid family leave contributions required January 1.
  • Oregon paid family leave benefits begin September.


  • Colorado paid family leave benefits begin January 1.
  • Illinois employers with more than 100 employees must file equal pay registration certificate effective March 23.
In case you missed it:

August 2021

  • Chicago paid sick leave expanded effective August 5.
  • Louisiana pregnancy accommodation and ban the box laws effective August 1.
  • Duluth, Minnesota expanded earned sick and safe time law effective August 19.

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 July 29.
  • City and County of Los Angeles supplemental paid sick leave expanded through August 31.
  • 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 September 30.
  • New York vaccine paid leave effective March 12.
  • California supplemental paid sick leave available January 1 through September 30.
  • Washington paid family and medical leave pandemic assistance grants effective August 1.
  • Philadelphia Public Health Emergency Leave extended effective March 29. (expired)
  • Massachusetts COVID-19 emergency paid sick leave effective May 29 through September 30.
  • Los Angeles COVID-19 vaccine leave effective June 24, retroactive to January 1.
  • D.C. COVID-19 leave and paid sick time law effective through November 5.
What to Watch:

The currently voluntary Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will expire September 30, 2021.