Gov. Tim Walz has signed or is expected to sign the Minnesota legislature’s Jobs and Economic Development and Labor Omnibus Budget Bill, bringing broad change to the Minnesota employment law landscape. Notably, the new law bans post-employment noncompete agreements in Minnesota, creates state-wide paid sick and safe time leave, prohibits restrictive franchise agreements, modifies wage disclosure protection law, provides additional protections for pregnant and nursing workers, prevents mandatory employer-sponsored meetings, and creates additional paystub requirements for construction workers, among other things. Gov. Walz signed the paid family and medical leave law, creating a new paid family and medical leave program funded by employer and employee payroll taxes and providing up to 12 weeks of paid leave in a single benefit year for an employee’s own serious health condition and up to 12 weeks of paid leave in a single benefit year for bonding, safety leave or family care, with a cap of no more than 20 weeks of total combined leave in any single benefit year. The Minnesota legislature also ended its 2023 session after passing a recreational cannabis law, amending the state’s drug and alcohol testing laws following the legalization of recreational marijuana, which is anticipated to be signed into law by Gov. Walz this week.
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On May 10, 2023, employers must submit their pay data reports to the California Civil Rights Department (CRD). As previously reported here, Senate Bill 1162 amended Labor Code section 432.3 and Government Code section 12999 as part of California’s ongoing efforts to promote workplace pay transparency as a means to combat pay discrimination. Employers are required to comply annually with the obligation to not only report data for their W-2 employees, but also the new obligation to compile and report data for workers supplied by their labor contractors that are either working at, or assigned to, California locations.
Which employers must report?
Private employers with 100 or more employees (with at least one employee based in California) must file a “Payroll Employee Report.” New in 2023, all private employers with 100 or more workers hired through labor contractors in the prior calendar year (with at least one worker based in California) must file a “Labor Contactor Employee Report.”
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On April 25, 2023, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) updated Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form. The OFCCP explained that the form was revised to “update the preferred language for disabilities and to include additional examples of disabilities.” According to OFCCP guidance, federal contractors and subcontractors (contractors) must begin using the updated Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form no later than July 25, 2023.
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Our latest briefing dives into new local laws about AI and how it affects both employment and insurance industries, the launch of NIST’s Trustworthy & Responsible Artificial Intelligence Resource Center and the plans for it moving forward, new guidance from the FDA on cybersecurity and on artificial intelligence/machine-learning frameworks, and the Coalition for Health AI’s quality assurance standards for use of AI in the health care and related industries.
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The trend of increasing workplace regulations by state and local governments continued throughout the first quarter of 2023. Although it is not possible to discuss all state and local laws, this update provides an overview of recent and upcoming legislative developments to help you and your organization stay in compliance. (Please note that developments related to issues such as minimum wage rates are not included.)
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On March 20, 2023, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it will open the certification period for its second annual certification cycle shortly on March 31, 2023. As previously reported, beginning in 2022, supply and service federal contractors and subcontractors (contractors) are required to annually certify the status of their annual affirmative action plans (AAPs). Like last year’s schedule, the OFCCP Contractor Portal is intended to be open until June 29, 2023.
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