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New York Adopts Equal Pay Law

August 16, 2019

New Law Becomes Effective Oct. 8 Beginning Oct. 8, 2019, New York state law will prohibit employers from paying different wages to employees solely because they belong to a protected class. This means that employers must pay the same wages to employees who perform substantially similar work. However, the law also allows wage differentials based …

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Maine Passes Expansive Paid Employee Leave Law

August 15, 2019

New Law Becomes Effective Jan. 1, 2021 Enacted May 28, 2019, Maine‚Äôs earned employee leave law allows employees to earn paid leave that may be used for any reason. Effective Jan. 1, 2021, this law allows eligible employees to earn 1 hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours per …

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California Expands Definition of Racial Discrimination

August 2, 2019

Expanded Definition Becomes Effective on Jan. 1, 2020 Employers in California are already prohibited from discriminating against individuals based on their race. However, in order to clarify what constitutes racial discrimination, the California legislature has added that racial discrimination also includes discriminating on the basis of traits and characteristics that are historically associated with race. …

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