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A Compliance Peek at 2023!

Political tv ads and mailers may feel like a blast from the past, but the impacts of election day 2022 still loom on the horizon. Our compliance team has pulled together some of the issues employers should be aware of as we head into the new year.

Ballot Initiatives
Along with the much-publicized control of Congress, several ballot initiatives were on the ballot across the country this election. While we do not know some requirements yet, here are some things considered to have big impacts on employers and employees.

Minimum wage: Nebraska voters passed a measure to increase the state’s minimum wage incrementally until it reaches $15 per hour by 2026 and then annually thereafter based on the increase in cost of living. Nevada’s minimum wage measure that passed will increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour and remove the differences based on the employer offering health care benefits or not.

Legalized marijuana: Maryland and Missouri passed measures to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults over 21. This would not impact an employer’s right to prohibit the use, possession, or being under the influence; however, it could change how employers can use positive marijuana drug test results in making employment decisions. Similar measures did not pass in Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

For the next 2 years, we do not expect to see much legislation from the divided US Congress. In fact, the division could create more issues if needed legislation is obstructed, budgets are not passed, and the government is shut down.

However, on the state level, we expect legislation on sick pay, legalized marijuana, paid leave, weapon restrictions or permissions, pay equity or transparency, anti-discrimination, and restrictive covenants depending on the philosophy and needs of different states. The shifting control in some state governments from one party to another or from a split to one party being in control often means a change in legislative agenda with topics often dictated by the party in charge. 

Help When You Need It!

Employers need to stay aware of legislation moving through all levels of government, update policies and procedures as new regulations are implemented, and educate employees on their rights and responsibilities.

The Affinity HR Support Plan was designed to give you peace of mind when it comes to compliance. Connect with us at or 877-660-6400 to learn more.

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