Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve tried to do over the past several months, now seems a good time to advise you of state law changes that will be taking effect within a few weeks, on or around the first of November. Those of you who live or have business interests in Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Virginia might…

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Maine Salary History Prohibition In Effect

Our friends at the Bennett Law Firm in Portland Maine reminded us that a new law banning employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history took effect this week. The prohibition, which formally took effect on September 18, exists until such time as the employer extends a job offer to the applicant that includes…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve done periodically over the past year, we want to advise you of some changes in various state laws that may impact your businesses so you’ll be better prepared when the calendar turns to October. Those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Vermont and Oregon may want to…

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Salary History and Plastic Bag Bans

State legislatures continue their parade to ban this or that from the business toolbox and this week we have 2 more with Delaware and New Jersey. Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new plastic bag ban on Monday of this week, making Delaware the 4th state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. The…

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New Hampshire, Maine Ban Low Wage Non-Competes

New Hampshire and Maine became the latest to ban the use of non-compete clauses for low-wage workers when Republican Governor Chris Sununu signed SB 197 last week and Maine Governor Janet Mills (D) signed L.D. 733 at the end of June. The NH bill, which was one of 42 pieces Sununu signed into law at…

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Cuomo Signs Equal Pay Laws

Although his final decision should not have been in doubt, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used the occasion of the USA Women’s World Cup Champions ticker tape parade to sign legislation mandating equal pay for substantially similar work and prohibiting pay differences based on an individual’s age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, domestic…

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Pay Equity Law Passes in Maine

The state of Maine became the latest to pass a so-called Pay Equity law that purports to help close a gender pay gap by among other restrictions, prohibiting employers from inquiring into a job applicant’s salary history until a job and compensation is formally offered. An Act Regarding Pay Equality (LD-278), filed by Senator Cathy…

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Court Tosses Salary History Ban

Although perhaps somewhat limited in its application, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has blocked the city of Philadelphia from implementing a ban on inquiries into a job applicant’s salary history. In a lawsuit brought by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, US District Court Judge Michael Goldberg gave a win to both the Chamber…

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More on Pay Equity

As proof of the proliferation of pay equity laws and new restrictions on the hiring process, we noted that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed legislation that would ban private employers from inquiring into or considering an applicant’s salary history when setting compensation. Last year, he issued Executive Orders #161 and #162, which prohibit…

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State Preemptions

As more municipalities get involved in mandating what have historically fallen within the purview of the state or federal government, the notion of passing state preemptions becomes more important. On the matter of salary history bans, the state of Michigan recently took precisely that action, sending Senate bill 353 to Governor Rick Snyder for his…

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