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Oregon Extends Anti-Discrimination Protections

June 21, 2019

New law becomes operative on October 1, 2020 On June 11, 2019, Oregon adopted a new law that will: Require employers to adopt a written policy to prevent discrimination and sexual assault; and Prohibit employers from requiring employees or job applicants to sign agreements that prevent discussing or disclosing conduct that would be considered discrimination …

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Massachusetts Delays Paid Family and Medical Leave

June 20, 2019

Employers must begin collecting contributions on Oct. 1, 2019. Massachusetts has officially delayed by 3 months the implementation of the states paid family and medical leave law. Under the new law, employers must begin withholding contributions from employee earnings to fund this employee benefit on Oct. 1, 2019, instead of July 1, 2019. Similarly, employers …

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Colorado Limits Criminal History Inquiries

June 19, 2019

Job Postings and Applications may not Exclude Applicants with Criminal Histories Effective Sept. 1, 2019, job postings, advertisements, and application forms from Colorado private employers with 11 or more employees may not include language saying that individuals with criminal histories may not apply. This requirement becomes effective for all Colorado employers on Sept. 1, 2021. …

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Final Rule Allows HRAs that Reimburse Individual Health Premiums

June 17, 2019

Change to Take Effect for 2020 Plan Years A new final rule lets all employers offer health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) to pay for employees’ individual health insurance policy premiums, if certain conditions are met. Currently, many employers are prohibited from offering such HRAs. The rule was released by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and …

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HIPAA Enforcement Guidance Issued for Business Associates

June 13, 2019

New HHS Fact Sheet Addresses Direct Liability The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a fact sheet explaining when a business associate can be directly liable for compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Breach Notification, and Enforcement Rules. The fact sheet states that OCR is authorized …

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Colorado Extends Smoking Prohibitions to Electronic Products

June 12, 2019

New Law Becomes Effective July 1, 2019. Colorado has amended its workplace smoking prohibition to include a ban on electronic smoking devices, effective July 1. The amendments also repeal the exception for employers whose establishments are not open to the public and employ no more than 3 people and clarify that smoking restrictions apply to …

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Colorado Requires Employers to Notify Patrons of Tip-Pooling Practice

June 3, 2019

New Law Effective Aug. 2, 2019 Beginning August 2, 2019, employers can implement a tip-pooling system among their employees only if they notify each of their patrons, in writing, that a tip pooling or sharing arrangement exists in the establishment. Acceptable written notification forms include: A notice in the menu A table tent A notice …

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Sexual Harassment Training is Now Mandatory in Washington

June 3, 2019

Effective dates: January 1, 2020, for hotels and motels with 60 or more rooms, January 1, 2021, for other affected employers. A new law in Washington requires hotels, motels, retail establishments, security guard entities and property service contractors to: Adopt a sexual harassment policy; and Provide mandatory sexual harassment training to managers, supervisors, and employees. …

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