New HR Laws and Regulations in 2022

New HR Laws

In 2021, a lot of legislative changes were focused on COVID-19 and aligning workplace protocols. California, New York and Oregon were extremely active regarding the changes such as adding family protective leave. But as we enter 2022, the trends seem to shift away from this, and we see a lot more of a diverse list of new laws.

Below we break down new HR laws you should be looking out for this year:

Minimum Wage: 20 states and many of the localities across the U.S. will be making changes to minimum wage. All rate changes by state can be found here.


According to

  • Oregon is now including physical characteristics historically associated with race, such as hair type, texture, and hairstyle to its anti-discrimination law for employers.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina passed a nondiscrimination ordinance that expands protected classes beyond those recognized at the state level and applies to all employers in the city, regardless of size.
  • Illinois have added a law that prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s association with a person with a disability.
  • Minnesota employers have added changes to pregnancy and lactation accommodation requirements.

Employee Leave

According to

  • California Family Rights Act will enable employees to use leave to care for a parent- in-law with a serious health condition
  • Rhode Island will increase paid temporary caregiver leave from four to five weeks in a benefit year
  • Oregon, amendments to the state’s Family Leave Act will expand the law’s eligibility and leave provisions


According to

  • Louisiana and West Virginia – income tax withholding exemptions will take effect for certain nonresident employees.
  • San Francisco employers will see a new payroll tax kick in if they pay their highly compensated managerial executives more than a set amount.

COVID-19: According to, Federal OSHA issued Emergency Temporary Standard that requires employers with 100 or more employees to ensure all are vaccinated or submit a weekly COVID-19 testing. However, status is still unsure, and you can check out updated here.


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