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2022 Mid-Year State and Federal Legislation Changes

By June 24, 2022July 19th, 2022No Comments

The following charts represent mid-year state and federal legislation changes.

Federal Connecticut Florida Illinois Maine
Mississippi New Mexico New York Rhode Island Tennessee



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Fringe Benefits

July 1, 2022 Due to the current gas crisis, the IRS has raised the standard mileage rate to 62.5 cents per mile.



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Connecticut July 1, 2022 Employees have the right, without disciplinary action taken against them, to refuse to attend or participate in an employer-sponsored meeting with the primary purpose of communicating the employer’s opinion on religious or political matters (including unions).
July 1, 2022 It is illegal to refuse to hire, discharge, or take any negative or disciplinary action with an employee or a job applicant simply because of a positive test result for 11-nor-9-carboxy-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) unless certain conditions are met.
Florida July 1, 2022 It is illegal to subject an individual to training that espouses, promotes, advances, or compels them to believe certain enumerated concepts that constitute discrimination based on race, color, sex, or national origin.
Illinois July 1, 2022 Chicago employers must provide all employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis.
Maine July 19, 2022 Group health insurance policies that offer coverage for a dependent child must offer such coverage, at the option of the parent, for a dependent child with a disability, regardless of age.
July 19, 2022 The Maine Human Rights Act defines “race” to include traits associated with race, including hair texture, Afro hairstyles, and protective hairstyles.
Mississippi June 2, 2022 S.B. 2095, The Medical Cannabis Act, requires the state health department to begin issuing registry I.D. cards for medical cannabis. This I.D. allows users to obtain medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary.
July 1, 2022 H.B. 770 requires employers to pay employees equally for equal work, regardless of sex.
New Mexico July 1, 2022 The Healthy Workplace Act (HWA) requires employers to provide paid leave to employees, keep records of hours worked and leave taken, and provide written and posted notices.
New York May 7, 2022 Businesses must give prior notification to all employees that the company will be monitoring or intercepting employee phone calls, e-mails, or internet use.
July 14, 2022 The Division of Human Rights will create a toll-free, confidential hotline that will provide counsel and help to individuals with complaints of workplace sexual harassment.
Rhode Island May 25, 2022 The Rhode Island Cannabis Act legalized the use and possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana by individuals aged 21 and older.
Tennessee July 1, 2022 The CROWN Act prohibits employers from discrimination (discriminating against employees) based on hairstyles that include braids, locs, twists, or another manner that is part of the cultural identity of the employee’s ethnic group or that is a physical characteristic of the employee’s ethnic group. This law was amended to allow public safety employees to regulate hairstyles if the style would prevent the employee from performing essential functions, as well as regulations that comply with federal and state health and safety laws.

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