Review Your Handbooks Now

In the fall of 2023, we encouraged organizations to review their handbooks based on recent NLRB decisions focused on employees’ rights to engage in protected activity even in non-union settings. We are renewing that call – as several states have implemented new laws that could have a significant impact on handbooks and employment policies. For example, Minnesota and Illinois have both enacted paid time off laws which take effect January of 2024.

Under Minnesota’s Earned Sick and Safe Time, which applies to all employees who work 80 or more hours in a year, employees earn one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked. Similarly, Illinois’ Paid Leave for All Workers Act grants all employees one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked. These and other state leave laws are detailed and require integration with existing leave policies. It may be necessary to track leave, display accrued time on paystubs, display postings, or notify employees of the applicable law. Lake Effect can help organizations that have workers in multiple states and need assistance navigating these or other state employment laws.

Lake Effect is here to answer all of your questions about HR, benefits, employment laws, regulations, and new agency guidance. We continue to monitor important legal and HR developments, as well as other information that could impact the workplace. Please watch our blogs and emails for these important updates, as well as discussions of how compliance meets culture. To dive into these issues, contact us at or 1-844-333-5253.

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