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December 6, 2021

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Recent/Upcoming Compliance Dates

  • November 15, 2021: Two-week grace period ends for employers to file 2019 and 2020 EEO-1 Component 1 Reports.
  • December 5, 2021: OSHA's ETS requires employers to provide certain notices about their vaccinations policy and other mandatory notices to employees (note: pending stay order).
  • January 1, 2022: Nationally, group health plans must meet the payment, process, and disclosure requirements of the No Surprises Act when emergency and certain other out-of-network services are involved.
  • January 1, 2022: In Arizona, beginning for tax year 2021 (filings due in 2022), employers with annual withholding liabilities of $500 or more must pay using electronic funds transfer.
  • January 1, 2022: In California, settlement agreements cannot prohibit employees from disclosing information about the types of workplace harassment or discrimination prohibited by FEHA.
  • January 1, 2022: In California, AB 825 adds genetic data to breach notification and data security requirements.
  • January 1, 2022: In California, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) requires employers to retain employment records for 4 years (up from 2 years).
  • January 1, 2022: In Illinois, unlawful employment discrimination includes disability discrimination based on an individual's association with a person with a disability.
  • January 1, 2022: In Kentucky, for periods beginning on or after January 1, 2022, all employers, regardless of filing frequency, must electronically file and pay the income tax withheld.
  • January 1, 2022: In Kentucky, new mental health parity requirements apply to nonquantitative treatment limitations and medical necessity criteria.
  • January 1, 2022: In Louisiana, withholding is not required for certain nonresidents who perform their employment duties in Louisiana for 25 or fewer days during a calendar year.
  • January 1, 2022: In Montana, marijuana is a "lawful product" under the state law that prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals based on their use of a lawful product off the employer's premises during nonworking hours.
  • January 1, 2022: In New Mexico, the Healthy Workplaces Act (HWA) will require private employers with at least one employee to provide up to 64 hours of paid sick leave each year.
  • January 1, 2022: In Oregon, a noncompete agreement is void and unenforceable unless certain conditions are met; enforcement period is lowered to 12 months.
  • January 1, 2022: In the Oregon Fair Employment Practice Act, the term "race" includes physical characteristics that are historically associated with race, including natural hair, hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.
  • January 1, 2022: In Pennsylvania, employers in Philadelphia are prohibited from preemployment drug testing for marijuana.
  • January 1, 2022: In Washington, employers must withhold employee payments for state-run long-term care insurance.
  • January 1, 2022: In Wisconsin, a health plan or its pharmacy benefit manager must provide enrollees with written notice 30 days in advance of certain drug formulary changes.



Reference and Information Requests

Employers invest time and money in hiring and training new employees. As a result, they want to find out as much information as possible before hiring an individual. Often, former employers and supervisors can provide the most helpful information about a candidate's past work experience, ability to work with others, customer service skills, attendance, etc. Use this Reference and Information Requests policy template to create a policy that fits the needs of your organization.



Business Writing Skills for Employees

Training in basic business writing skills is important for all employees. Even if writing isn't usually a part of their job, all employees need, at least occasionally, to communicate in writing. Use this Business Writing Skills for Employees presentation to train your workers on communication.


Reference Guide

The FLSA Employee Exemption Handbook provides exclusive, in-depth news and analysis of private-sector employer responsibilities relating to the FLSA minimum wage and overtime exemptions—including a large library of sample job classification specifications, as well as useful forms and checklists. Click here for the latest update and accompanying newsletter. 


Reopening the Workplace Resource Center

Employers everywhere are dealing with the effects of COVID-19 and trying to balance the safety of employees, customers, and clients with uncertainty about the economic impact and long-term implications of the pandemic, including reopening as stay-at-home orders expire. BLR is following the situation as it unfolds, and we have resources to help, which we've gathered in the Contagious Diseases and Reopening the Workplace sections of the Resource Center.

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