2022 Legislative Update

As you are no doubt aware, the 2022 Regular Legislative Session ended on Monday, June 6. Some new laws relevant to the HR professional made it out of the session, as did some interesting, but not-so-relevant ones. Outlined below are some of the most significant.

Bills of Interest to HR

House Bill 54. (This Bill will become law if not vetoed by 6/26.) This law will prohibit any governmental entity or public educational institution from seeking proof of vaccination status from anyone seeking entry or discriminating against an employee for refusing to adhere to a COVID vaccination requirement.

House Bill 988. (This Bill will become law if not vetoed by 6/23.) This law will prohibit a public employer from discriminating against any employee or applicant based solely on a positive drug test for marijuana if the employee or applicant has been diagnosed as suffering from a debilitating medical condition and a licensed physician has recommended marijuana for therapeutic use.

House Bill 1083. (This Bill will become law if not vetoed by 6/23.) The statute will prohibit discrimination based upon natural, protective, or cultural hairstyles in education, employment, public accommodations, and housing options.

Interesting Bills Not Specific to HR

House Bill 156. (Will become law if not vetoed by 6/23.) This statute will require criminal background checks at the state and federal levels for certification purposes for certain teachers. It also prohibits the certification of anyone who has been convicted or plead nolo contendere to an offense listed under R.S. 15:587.1(C). Effective date June 21, 2023, if passed.

House Bill 190. (Will become law if not vetoed by 6/26.) This statute will expand the scope of who can recommend medical marijuana. (Most physicians, nurse practitioners, and medical psychologists.)

House Bill 304. Act No. 144. Requires certain health coverage plans to provide benefits for physical therapy services delivered via telehealth and prohibits the imposition of additional maximum annual dollar caps on such coverage.

House Bill 312. (Will become law if not vetoed by 6/26.) This statute will impose obligations designed to address workplace violence in healthcare settings.

House Bill 706. (Will become law if not vetoed by 6/26.) This will amend the Code of Criminal Procedure to create the crime of menacing: “… the intentional communication of information that the commission of a crime of violence, as defined in R.S. 14:2(B), is imminent or in progress or that a circumstance dangerous to human life exists or is about to exist …” when committed under certain circumstances.

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