On Friday, April 16, 2021, Governor Newsom signed into law Senate Bill 93, requiring employers in several hospitality sectors to rehire workers laid off during the pandemic before filling positions with new workers.
When we look at the progress made since our 2019 paper, we see that the results across states are mixed, with the COVID-19 pandemic creating new challenges but also opening up new opportunities.
California employers, take note: Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law a bill that not only brought back supplemental paid sick leave for COVID-19-related absences but also expanded coverage.
Employers are facing growing requirements to share pay data, with Illinois joining California in enacting a new law mandating transparency.
The Department of Labor intends to withdraw the Joint Employer and Independent Contractor final rules, the agency signaled in recently filed Notices of Prospective Rulemaking.
A retail store busy on Fridays and Saturdays did not engage in religious discrimination when it refused to accommodate a Seventh-day Adventist’s schedule, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit recently determined.
Section 9817 of the American Rescue Plan provides states with a one-year, 10 percentage point increase in their federal medical assistance percentage for state Medicaid expenditures for HCBS.
On April 7, 2021, in response to public comments, the California DFPI issued redlined modifications to its proposed regulations for SB 1235, a groundbreaking law requiring consumer-like disclosures for certain types of commercial financing.
On April 7, several days past its statutory deadline of April 1, the state Legislature completed its negotiations with the Governor and passed the final pieces of legislation to complete the state fiscal year 2021–22 New York State Budget.
On April 6, 2021, Governor Newsom announced that the state will eliminate the Blueprint tiers and reopen its economy on June 15.