Connecticut Bans Discrimination Primarily based on Hairstyles Traditionally Related With Race
Earlier this month, Connecticut grew to become the newest state to ban discrimination based mostly on hairstyles traditionally related to race, becoming a member of California, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Washington. The Making a Respectful and Open World for Pure Hair, or Crown, Act amends Connecticut’s Truthful Employment Practices Act to outline race as “inclusive of ethnic traits traditionally related to race, together with, however not restricted to, hair texture and protecting hairstyles.” The Act additional defines “protecting hairstyles” as “together with, however not restricted to, wigs, headwraps and hairstyles similar to particular person braids, cornrows, locs, twists, Bantu knots, afros and afro puffs.” Though Connecticut employers retain the power to implement costume codes and grooming insurance policies, any such insurance policies that limit hairstyles ought to be fastidiously evaluated to make sure they don’t prohibit hairstyles traditionally related to race. Moreover, we anticipate that the phrase “ethnic traits traditionally related to race” would be the topic of future interpretation and litigation, which may immediate the necessity for additional evaluation of employment insurance policies.
NY Mandates Paid Depart for Staff to Obtain COVID-19 Vaccine
In search of to spice up entry to the coronavirus vaccine, and facilitate vaccinations, the New York legislature enacted the Depart for COVID-19 Vaccination Legislation (the “Vaccination Legislation”), which was promptly signed into legislation by Governor Cuomo. The brand new legislation gives that every one private and non-private employers positioned in New York should present their staff with “a adequate interval”—as much as 4 hours—of paid break day to obtain their vaccination, except a collective bargaining settlement gives for extra time. The depart have to be paid on the worker’s common price of pay and, considerably, should not be deducted from any current paid sick depart or different paid break day. As with different New York depart legal guidelines, the Vaccination Legislation accommodates an anti-retaliation provision, prohibiting employers from penalizing, threatening, or discriminating or in any other case retaliating in opposition to an worker for requesting or taking such depart. The Vaccination Legislation is efficient from March 12, 2021, via December 31, 2022.
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