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2022 Employment State and Local Law Update: Extended Paid Leave, Increased Minimum Wages, Cannabis, Accommodations

California, New York, Illinois, Oregon, Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and More

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A

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Conducted on Thursday, February 3, 2022

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This CLE webinar will examine the latest legal developments in state and local employment laws. The panel will discuss changes in paid sick and family leave, legislation that has increased minimum wage, and how employers can enact policies that conform with changes to pregnancy accommodations and recreational cannabis use. The panel will also discuss best practices for counsel to employers when drafting and implementing employment policies related to these changes.


Over 100 new labor and employment laws and ordinances took effect between July 1, 2021, and Nov. 1, 2021. While some of these laws address COVID-19 and topics concerning return-to-work, most mark a renewed attention to other hot topic labor and employment issues. Several states and localities have adopted or expanded nondiscrimination statutes to recognize new protected classifications. Other popular topics include independent contractors and worker classification, cannabis use and drug testing in the workplace, and repairs to state unemployment insurance systems.

Many states have also increased employer requirements for paid sick leave or paid family leave. Pregnancy accommodations and disability claims are also trending up at the state and local levels. Significant employment law changes in certain large states such as California, New York, and Pennsylvania may affect employers even as the labor force spreads across the country.

Listen as our expert panel provides a survey of some of the most significant changes in employment regulations that have taken effect in the last 18 months. The panel will discuss best practices for compliance with these new requirements, particularly for national employers.



  1. Employment law trends at state and local level
    1. Paid leave
      1. Sick
      2. Family
    2. Worker classification
    3. Cannabis policies and drug testing
    4. Accommodations
      1. Pregnancy accommodations
      2. Disability accommodations
    5. Other state and local regulations


The panel will discuss these and other key issues:

  • What are the trends in state and local employment regulations that employers should know?
  • How can employers draft policies that meet new leave and classification regulations?
  • What can national employers do to ensure employment policies are consistent with varying state regulations?


Kamen, Garrett
Garrett S. Kamen

Fisher & Phillips

Mr. Kamen practices in Florida and New York where he litigates employment disputes of all types, from single-plaintiff...  |  Read More

Pearlman, Steven
Steven J. Pearlman

Proskauer Rose

Mr. Pearlman is Co-Head of the firm's Whistleblowing and Retaliation Group and focuses on defending complex...  |  Read More

Tellado, Christina
Christina (Tina) Tellado

Holland & Knight

Ms. Tellado focuses her practice on the representation of employers in all aspects of employment and labor law, with a...  |  Read More

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