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October 19, 2012

HR Fact Friday: HR News from Around the States

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Some Arizona State Employees Now Are “At-Will”

Effective September 29, 2012, select Arizona state government employees became “at-will” employees.  The new law converted new hires, attorneys, supervisors, and other high-level employees to the new employment status.  Peace officers and other employees of the Department of Public Safety for the State of Arizona are excluded from this law.  In recent years, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Texas have made the conversion to at-will status for their government employees.

Connecticut Has New Medical Marijuana Law

Employers in Connecticut need to make sure they are in compliance with the new medical marijuana law that went into effect October 1, 2012.  The new law affects employers with one or more employees.  According to HRLaws.com employers  are “prohibited from refusing to hire, discharging, penalizing, or threatening an employee solely on the basis of his status as a ‘qualifying patient’ or ‘primary caregiver’ under the medical marijuana law.”  Individuals approved to legally imbibe in medical marijuana must have been diagnosed with one of the conditions specified in the law.  Employers still have the right to prohibit or discipline an employee from using intoxicating substances during work hours.

New Jersey Pay Equality Poster and Notice

The governor of New Jersey recently signed into law a bill that prohibits discrimination in pay based upon gender.  Employers with 50 or more employees must post the new notice and distribute a copy to employees, obtaining an acknowledgment of their receipt of said notice.  According to the new law, an employee has the right to be “free of gender inequity or bias in pay, compensation, benefits or other terms or conditions of employment.”  This new law and its requirements will become effective November 21, 2012; however, the required notice has not yet been made available.

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