The 2018 Session of the Legislature finished on May 23. Here is a short summary of the final status of bills of interest to our industry:
LABOR LAW CHANGES: The Legislature passed SB 318. This bill increases the number of hours 16 or 17 year olds can work during shortened school weeks. Current law limits the number of hours during any school week to no more than 6 consecutive days or more than 30 hours. This new law keeps the 30 hour limit on regular school work weeks, but loosens it as follows: no more than 6 consecutive days or more than 40 hours if school is in session for 4 days that week; and no more than 6 consecutive days or more than 48 hours if school is in session from 1 to 4 days. The bill further makes it clear that employees can purchase company garments beyond any uniform that is purchased for the employee by the employer. It also makes it clear that there will be no penalty for failure of an employer to provide notification to an employee concerning changes to their wage when the minimum wage is increased by statute. In addition, it eliminates the requirement to post in a conspicuous place on the premises a list of employees that are required to work on Sundays. Employers will now only have to “make the list available” to employees. An email will suffice. All of these changes will take effect as soon as the Governor signs the bill, which could be as soon as the third week in June. NHLRA supported the bill.
DISCRIMINATION OF TRANSGENDER: The Legislature passed HB 1319. This new law makes it illegal to discriminate against people who are transgender. The most commonly cited issue that comes up with public accommodations is the choice of bathrooms. This new law takes effect July 8, 2018.
SERVICE OF ALCOHOL AT BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS: The legislature passed SB 418. This bill will allow beverage manufacturers to serve one pint of their product in lieu of 4 oz samples, and two full pints if food is available. It will also allow wineries to sell up to one 5-ounce glass in lieu of 2-ounce samples, or if food is made available, to sell 2-five ounce glasses. NHLRA lobbied to establish a stronger food requirement. This new law will take effect as soon as the Governor signs it, which could be the third week of June.