HR Trends for 2023

In our latest webinar, our employment attorneys reviewed the most recent changes to employment law in each of the 50 states. Here are some of the trends we noticed for 2023-


Hair Discrimination – Illinois: Illinois amended the state Human Rights Act. The Act prohibits employers from engaging in discrimination based on numerous protected characteristics, including race. This amendment expands the definition of “race” to include traits associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.

Wage Transparency – New York: New York City amends the city wage transparency provisions to clarify the positions for which a pay range must be provided. In addition to employers, 134-A specifies that employment agencies, and employees or agents thereof, must also include a salary range or hourly wage range in each advertised position, promotion, or transfer opportunity. Job advertisements for “temporary employment at temporary help firms” are still exempted from the law.

The new law also establishes a private right of action for employees. (Effective date to November 1, 2022.)

Rhode Island: Rhode Island prohibits wage discrimination; prohibits an employer from requesting or relying on an applicant’s wage history; requires an employer to provide a wage range for a position.

Washington: Requires employers to disclose hourly or salary compensation and a general description of benefits of postings for job openings.

Noncompete Limitations – Washington 2023 Non-Compete Enforceability Thresholds

Increases the amount an employee must earn to meet the non-compete enforceability threshold to account for inflation using the consumer price index.



Reproductive Health Decision-Making – Beginning January 1, 2023, California employers will be prohibited from discriminating against an applicant or an employee based on their reproductive health decision making— defined as “a decision to use or access a particular drug, device, product, or medical service for reproductive health.”

Employers will also be prohibited from requiring applicants or employees to disclose information relating to their reproductive health decision making.


Staying up to date on HR trends can help save your company headaches, hassle, and money in the long run. Follow Wagner, Falconer & Judd on LinkedIn to receive updates on ever-changing laws and regulations.