Employment law can be a lot to keep up with, so in this episode, we talk to attorney Gina Carrillo about what’s new and upcoming. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) and the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections (PUMP) for Nursing Mothers Act were recently passed, making it a law that employers need to accommodate pregnant employees who have limitations on what they can do and provide breaks and facilities that may be needed post-pregnancy.
On the horizon, there’s been a lot of talk about fighting restrictive non-compete and non-solicitation clauses in severance agreements. On a state level, there’s a rise in requiring employers to provide employees with paid sick leave and paid time off. Some states are passing the CROWN Act, which says you can’t discriminate against somebody for wearing their hairstyle naturally. In California, there’s been a movement toward completely banning background checks.
Remote work has brought a lot of benefits to employers and employees, but remote employers need to take into consideration the laws in each state where they have employees. It’s not where your company is, it’s where your employees are! Some laws also apply differently based on the number of employees you have, so keep an eye on that as well.
To keep up with changing laws, make it a habit to spend five to ten minutes a day reading headlines, whether that’s in national publications, law firm websites, HR-specific sources like SHRM, business newsletters, or government newsrooms. Education and keeping up to date is the most important thing you can do!
In this episode’s listener mail, we’re asked about how to gain more HR exposure when a manager isn’t willing to train or give other work. In the news, the EEOC is stepping up anti-age bias enforcement.
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