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100+ New Employment Laws Kick in January 1, 2021: Paid Leave, Minimum Wage and Training Top the List

Author: XpertHR Editorial Team

HR professionals have faced significant challenges and much change in 2020, with a global pandemic, the economic recession and widespread social unrest each making new demands. Now, as we close out an eventful 2020, let's collectively take a deep breath and hope for calmer times in 2021.

One way to get the year off to a smooth start is to take time now to review the new employment laws taking effect on January 1, determine their impact and get your organization ready to comply. The new laws - more than 100 in total - will affect employers in 27 states and numerous localities. To help you prepare, we've summarized the key topic areas covered and provide a list, by jurisdiction, of the new employment law requirements that take effect on or around January 1.

Employers large and small with operations in California should become familiar with January 1 changes to paid and unpaid leave laws, as well as with new training and reporting obligations. For more insight, see our separate round-up of January 1 compliance requirements for California.

And don't forget! Many states and localities will have new posting requirements in 2021, so be sure to review and update workplace posters at the federal, state and local levels.