As we begin 2019, employers nationwide must address a host of new obligations under state and local laws that will go into effect this year. With the decline in federal regulations under the Trump administration, states and municipalities are taking an active role in regulating the workplace. In particular, many states have adopted new laws addressing sexual harassment, salary history inquiries, and minimum wage.

Beginning this year, employers in some states will be required to provide sexual harassment training for employees, including supervisors and management staff. Depending on the jurisdiction, the statute may dictate the content and appropriate forum for training. For example, some states require live or in-person trainings with interactive content. Please click here to learn more about sexual harassment training requirements in selected states.

In addition to sexual harassment legislation, states and municipalities also have tackled pay equity and minimum wage issues. Regarding pay equity, there is a growing trend of laws and ordinances that place restrictions on employers when it comes to asking applicants about their current or prior salary. Additionally, over the next few months, 19 states will see an increase in their minimum wage. Please click here to learn more about salary history laws. For more information on minimum wage increases and the states affected, please click here.

Struggling to stay abreast of the employment legislative activity throughout the United States? Ballard Spahr's Labor and Employment attorneys routinely assist clients in updating employee handbooks to comply with applicable state laws, and conducting trainings for supervisors and employees on hiring best practices, as well as sexual harassment and the value of inclusive workplaces.

Please join us for either or both of these upcoming relevant programs: "Workplace Equity: Beyond the Gender Gap," a webinar taking place on February 26, 2019, or "Labor, Employment and Benefits Year in Review 2018," on February 27, 2019, live in Philadelphia and via webinar.


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