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July 29, 2009

Around the States – 07/2009

Filed under: General HR Buzz9:12 am

A new Wisconsin law will recognize domestic partnerships and provide limited legal protections for registered same sex couples. Partners may begin registering on August 3, 2009.

A new Oregon law, effective January 1, 2010, prohibits employers from requiring employment attendance at meetings that involve the employer’s political or religious opinions or from taking adverse action against those who choose not to attend the meetings.  The law is known as the “Employer Gag Act” or the “Worker Freedom Act,” depending upon your perspective.

Delaware has banned discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation.

New clarifying amendments to Maryland’s Flexible Leave Act, (which allows certain employees to use paid leave, if such leave is provided, for the illness of an immediate family member) are in effect.

Colorado’s Parental Involvement in K-12 Education Act takes effect August 14.  It requires certain employers to provide unpaid leave for parents so they can attend school conferences or activities.

A Nevada law, effective October 1st requires that domestic partners (straight or gay) be given many of the same rights that the state offers to married couples.


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