Utah Employment and Labor Law Updates 2023


December

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


November

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


October

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


September

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


August

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


July

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


June

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


May

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


April

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


March

Infant at Work Pilot Program Sunset Extension

Bill

Senate Bill 261 (2023)

Summary

Addresses the sunset date of the Infant at Work Pilot Program; extends the sunset date of the Pilot Program.

Enacted

03/23/2023

Effective Date

05/03/2023

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Gratuity Amendments

Bill

Senate Bill 73 (2023)

Summary

Allows an employee that is not customarily tipped to participate in a tip sharing agreement under certain circumstances; provides that an employer may allow an employee who is not a tipped employee to participate in a bona fide tip pooling or sharing arrangement with another employee who is not a tipped employee in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Enacted

03/23/2023

Effective Date

05/03/2023

Topics

Federal_Laws: FLSA; Wage_and_Hour: Exemptions, Tip_credit, Tip_pools, Tip_sharing, Tips


State Employee Benefits Advisory Commission

Bill

Senate Bill 22 (2023)

Summary

Creates the State Employee Benefits Advisory Commission; provides that the commission shall, among other things, review the annual compensation plan, review proposed legislation submitted to the benefits advisory commission that amends the health care, leave, or salary benefits for State employees while considering total compensation and provide recommendations, if any, for the annual compensation plan or legislation that would make total compensation competitive with private sector employees.

Enacted

03/23/2023

Effective Date

07/01/2023

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Public Transit Employee Collective Bargaining Amendment

Bill

House Bill 243 (2023)

Summary

Makes changes to provisions related to collective bargaining for employees of a public transit district; excludes confidential employees, managerial employees, and supervisors of a public transit district from certain employee rights and benefits, including the right to self-organization, form, join, or assist a labor organization, and bargain collectively through representatives of their choosing; defines terms; makes technical and conforming changes.

Enacted

03/23/2023

Effective Date

05/03/2023

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Firearms Regulations

Bill

House Bill 219 (2023)

Summary

Provides that a law enforcement officer, State employee, or employee of a political subdivision is prohibited from implementing, enforcing, assisting, or cooperating in the enforcement of a federal regulation on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition; provides that an employee of the State or a political subdivision may not expend public funds or allocate public resources for the enforcement of a federal regulation on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition.

Enacted

03/20/2023

Effective Date

03/20/2023

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Employment Screening Requirements

Bill

House Bill 468 (2023)

Summary

Addresses employment background screening requirements; prohibits certain public employers and contractors from considering certain arrests or criminal convictions or denying employment based on certain criminal convictions or participation in substance use treatment when hiring a mental health professional; prohibits a private employer from excluding an applicant from an interview for a juvenile adjudication, certain arrests, or an expunged criminal offense when hiring a mental health professional.

Enacted

03/17/2023

Effective Date

05/03/2023

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Background_checks, Criminal_history; Employment_relations: Applicant; Industry: Mental_health_svc


Public Library Background Check Requirements

Bill

House Bill 284

Summary

Provides that State funds may not be provided to a public library unless the public library implements a criminal background check policy that meets specified requirements; provides that the criminal background check policy shall, among other things, identify each qualifying position with the public library and require each qualifying prospective employee to submit to a criminal background check as a condition of employment in a qualifying position.

Enacted

03/14/2023

Effective Date

07/01/2024

Topics

Industry: Public_employer


Vaccine Passport Prohibition

Bill

House Bill 131

Summary

Provides that it is a discriminatory or prohibited employment practice for an employer, on the basis of an individual’s vaccination status or whether the individual has an immunity passport, to take specified actions, including refusing employment to an individual, barring an individual from employment, or discriminating against an individual in compensation or in a term, condition, or privilege of employment.

Enacted

03/15/2023

Effective Date

05/03/2023

Topics

Employer_Obligations: Accommodation, Medical_exemption, Religious_exemption; Prohibited_Practices: Immunization_status, Vaccination_status


Medical Cannabis Governance

Bill

House Bill 72

Summary

Moves most oversight and regulation of medical cannabis pharmacies and couriers from the Department of Health and Human Services to the Department of Agriculture and Food; provides that during the transition period, Department of Agriculture may request the Department of Health and Human Services to carry out the duties described in the pharmacy provisions and technical assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services related to carrying out the duties described in the pharmacy provisions.

Enacted

03/15/2023

Effective Date

To be determined.

Topics

Employee_obligation: Registration; Industry: Marijuana


February

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.


January

There were no employment and/or labor bills that were enacted that were identified.

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