Often throughout the year, we advise our subscribers of different laws or regulations that will be taking effect at a future date, either near term of a few months later. We’re going to add “Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar” to SRNS periodically to ensure that you are aware of those changes that will be happening within the next month or so. In that vein . . . Beginning June 19, 2019, the new High Chair Safety Standard becomes effective across the country. We advised you of this change by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC) back in the May 2 issue. More information on the new standard is available on the USCPSC website. The agency has also adopted new safety standard for booster seats to be used in restaurants, but that new standard will not be effective until January 2, 2020. Also, as we turn the calendar to June, you’ll want to prepare for the next round of minimum wage increases happening on July 1. The current $13.25 minimum wage for Washington DC increases to $14.00 on 7/1/19; New Jersey increases its minimum wage from the current $8.85 to $10 effective 7/1/19; and in Nevada, the minimum wage is adjusted according to the CPI with that adjustment effective on July 1st of each year. Oregon has a multi-tiered and more complex system. On July 1, the minimum itself increases from $10.75 to $11.25. That said, employers in the Portland Metro area (deemed an urban growth boundary) must pay $12.50 while those in non-urban counties can pay a minimum of $11 per hour. On the Massachusetts “Grand Bargain”, despite ongoing negotiations to delay the effective date of the sweeping law until October, it is still scheduled to take effect on July 1. Among other things, the law mandates an increase in the state minimum wage to $15/hour as of 2023 and that businesses begin funding a paid medical and family leave program with a new payroll tax of 0.63% on July 1 although the benefit is not available to workers until 2021.