2021-2023 Biennium Review: Employers

Session review
Jobs, Business & Economy 

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted all employers whether or not their business remained open or temporarily had to reduce operations or close. Getting through the pandemic was difficult enough and it will likely take years for many employers to have stable operations with consistent employees. In addition to the changes made to the unemployment insurance system (see Unemployment Insurance brief), several bills passed impacting the Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML) program, Workers Compensation program, and other employee protections. Although these changes may benefit employees, they will come at a cost to employers and an increase in the cost of doing business which often leads to price increases. And fortunately, several bills that would have negatively impacted businesses and discouraged business expansion did not make it through both the House and Senate.

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