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Briefs: State Workplace Law News

Magazine article HRMagazine

Briefs: State Workplace Law News

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For state workplace law developments, visit www. shrm.org/LegalIssues/StateandLocalResources.

CALIFORNIA: HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT

A heterosexual oil rig employee who was subjected to bullying and homophobic slurs at work proved hostile environment sexual harassment despite the fact that the offensive conduct was not motivated by sexual desire, a California appeals court ruled. California is the only state in the country at this time to have broadened the definition of sexual harassment to include conduct that is not motivated by sexual desire. But it may not be alone for long.

NEW JERSEY: PAID SICK LEAVE ORDINANCE SIGNED IN NEWARK

Newark Mayor Luis Quintana signed Ordinance 13-2010, which requires all private employers to allow employees to accrue sick leave as soon as they are hired and begin to use it after 90 days on the job. The ordinance will take effect on either May 29, 2014, or the date when collective bargaining agreements for employees working under such agreements expire, whichever is later. …

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