Legislative Updates – August 3, 2021
By: Birch



Safety Precautions

As of August 2, 2021, the following counties have reinstated their mask mandate for all individuals when in a public indoor place: Yolo, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma and Berkeley.



Subminimum Wage

Effective immediately, employers are prohibited from paying a subminimum wage unless they possess a Department of Labor special certificate. An employer that holds a special certificate issued on or before June 30, 2021, must submit to the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing no later than June 30, 2022, a transition plan detailing how it plans to phase out subminimum wage employment and other additional information.

Effective July 1, 2025, the subminimum wage is repealed. An employer must pay employees with disabilities the highest applicable minimum wage regardless of whether it was issued a special certificate. CO S.B. 39

City of Denver

On August 2, 2021, Mayor Michael Hancock announced that all city employees and private sector workers in high-risk settings will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 30, 2021. High-risk settings include nursing homes, homeless shelters, hospitals, correctional facilities, public/private schools.




On July 28, 2021, Gov. John Carney signed Senate Bill 127 creating a Site Readiness Fund to promote economic growth and stability by investing in the development or improvement of commercial and industrial sites to attract job-creating businesses. The Fund will provide grants, loans or other economic assistance to qualified businesses or local governments that invest in constructing, renovating or improving infrastructure for sites that will attract new businesses or expand existing businesses within the State.



Orange County

On July 28, 2021, County Mayor Jerry Demings declared a state of emergency due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.



City of Atlanta

On July 28, 2021, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an order requiring all individuals to wear a mask when in a public place.

City of Athens

On August 2, 2021, Mayor Kelly Girtz announced that the City will require masks for all individuals when in public, indoors.



Safety Precautions

On August 2, 2021, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the reinstatement of his mask mandate for all individuals over the age of 5.

City of New Orleans

On July 30, 2021, Mayor Latoya Cantrell announced that all individuals are required to wear a facial mask when in an indoor public place.



Washington County

On August 2, 2021, the County Board of Supervisors announced that they would enforce an indoor mask mandate.



St. Louis County

On July 27, 2021, the County Council voted to overrule County Executive Sam Page and rescind his mask mandate.

City of Kansas City

On July 28, 2021, Mayor Quinton Lucas reinstated the City’s mask requirement for all individuals.


New Hampshire

Safety Precautions

On July 23, 2021, Gov. Chris Sununu signed the medical freedom law, individuals are not required to receive an immunization for COVID-19 in order to secure, receive, or access any public facility, any public benefit, or any public service from the state, or any political subdivision thereof, including but not limited to counties, cities, towns, precincts, water districts, school districts, schools, or quasi-public entities.


New Mexico

Santa Fe County

On July 30, 2021, the County Commissioners passed an ordinance detailing zoning regulations for producers, retailers and consumers of cannabis.



Safety Precautions

On July 27, 2021, Gov.  Steve Sisolak issued an order requiring individuals in twelve counties to wear a facial mask when indoors in counties with high rates of COVID-19 transmission.


New York

Tax Credit Program

On July 29, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced the launch of a $35 million Restaurant Return-to-Work Tax Credit program, designed to help expand employment opportunities for workers and provide relief to COVID-impacted restaurants.

New York City

On July 27, 2021, the City Council approved legislation to continue keeping third party delivery fees at 15%.



On July 22, 2021, the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) issued a temporary rule that increases the reasons an employee may utilize leave through the State’s paid sick and safe leave law during a public health emergency.

Safety Precautions

On July 29, 2021, Gov. Kate Brown declared a state-of-emergency in 23 counties to ensure additional resources are available to respond to forecasted excessive high temperatures.



Safety Precautions

On July 29, 2021, Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam announced that the State would begin to send a text message reminder to individuals that have not received their second dose of vaccine.

Overtime Regulations

Effective immediately, Gov. Tom Wolf repeals the State’s new overtime regulations designed to raise the salaries of executives, administrative personnel and professionals.

Lehigh County

On July 30, 2021, the County announced the availability of up to $15,000 in grants for small businesses (under 100 employees) needing assistance due to COVID-19. Applications can be found at https://www.lehighvalleychamber.org/lehighcogrants.html

City of Pittsburgh

On July 29, 2021, Mayor Bill Peduto signed a new temporary COVID-19 paid sick leave ordinance providing for special conditions for the operation and use of Paid Sick Leave under the Paid Sick Days Act. An employer with 50 or more employees must provide up to 80 hours of emergency paid sick leave to a full-time employee.


Rhode Island

Caregiver Leave Benefits

Effective January 1, 2022, the maximum number of weeks of paid temporary caregiver leave increases from four weeks to five weeks in a benefit year. RI H.B. 6090



City of Memphis

On July 26, 2021, the Downtown Memphis Commission is making available grants to businesses to help cover half of the costs of sidewalk repairs up to $5,000. Information can be found here.




Unemployment Insurance

On July 27, 2021, Gov. Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth will commit $935.6 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding to replenish the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund and accelerate critical upgrades to the Virginia Employment Commission. The Governor’s plan will put $862 million back into the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, preventing tax increases on businesses and ensuring that employers are not penalized for layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Washington D.C.

Safety Precautions

On July 31, 2021, Mayor Muriel Bowser reinstated the District’s mask requirement for all individuals over the age of two.