2022 Employment Laws and Regulations Taking Effect

2022 Employment Laws

2022 Employment Laws and Regulations Taking Effect

In 2021, we saw a lot of state and local laws focusing in on COVID-19 and aligning workplaces with new protocols to follow. However, we do see a trend in 2022 that these laws are shifting away and have become a more diverse list.

Our Manager of HR Delivery, Alissa Frisman, breaks down key employment laws that are happening in 2022 for employers to look out for:

According to, the below are the key 2022 Employment Laws and Regulations Taking Effect

 Minimum Wage:

 20 states and dozens of localities across the US, including statewide increases in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, and more will be making minimum wage changes. All the rate changes can be found here.


  • Oregon will be prohibiting employers from discriminating against individuals based on physical characteristics historically associated with race, such as hair type, texture, and hairstyle.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, recently 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.
  • Employers in Illinois should note a new law that prohibits discrimination based on an individual’s association with a person with a disability.
  • Minnesota employers should update policies and procedures to reflect changes to pregnancy and lactation accommodation requirements.

Employee Leave

  • 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


  • 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.