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Employment-Related Laws

State laws may provide additional rights and benefits to individuals coping with cancer. Various laws related to employment, disability insurancehealth insuranceCOVID-19accessing medical recordsestate-planningother cancer-related state laws, and immigration are included below. We also have a chart of state laws on creating a will that can be found here. Please note that this information changes frequently, so check back for up-to-date information.

This chart includes the state laws that provide benefits and protections in the areas of employment & disability insurance.

StateHas Fair Employment Law (Covering Employers With Less Than 15 Employees):Has State Disability Insurance:Has Paid Sick Leave:State Paid Family LeaveHas Employer Credit Check Law:Has Social Media Privacy lawSSDI Appeals: Skip Reconsideration Level of Appeal
ALABAMA1x
ALASKAx
ARIZONAxhttps://www.azleg.gov/arsDetail/?title=23
ARKANSAS9 (but 15 for RA’s)x employers x universitieshttp://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/arcode/Default.asp
CALIFORNIA5xhttp://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/x Berkeley, Emeryville, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Monicahttp://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/paid_sick_leave.htm6 weeks/year; 8 weeks/year begins 7/1/20https://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/PFL_Caregivers.htmxhttp://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_22_bill_20111009_chaptered.pdfx employers x universitieshttp://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201120120AB1844x Los Angeles North and Los Angeles West Branches only
COLORADO2xhttps://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/eoax employershttp://www.apple.com/x
CONNECTICUT3xhttps://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/SickLeaveLaw.htm12 weeks/year; begins 2022https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/ACT/pa/pdf/2019PA-00025-R00SB-00001-PA.pdfxhttps://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/ACT/PA/2011PA-00223-R00SB-00361-PA.htmx employershttps://www.cga.ct.gov/2015/ACT/PA/2015PA-00006-R00SB-00426-PA.htm
DELAWAREx employers x universitieshttp://delcode.delaware.gov/title19/c007/sc01/index.shtml
*DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAxhttps://code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/code/titles/32/chapters/5/subchapters/III/6 weeks/yearhttps://code.dccouncil.us/dc/council/laws/21-264.htmlx universities
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
HAWAII1xhttp://labor.hawaii.gov/dcd/files/2013/01/TDI-highlights.pdfxhttp://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2009/bills/HB31_CD1_.pdf
IDAHO
ILLINOIS1Chicagohttps://decisionhr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/City-of-Chicago-Paid-Sick-Leave.pdfCook County (40 hours/year) Chicago (40 hours/year)https://www.cookcountyil.gov/service/earned-sick-leave-ordinance-0xhttps://legiscan.com/IL/text/HB4658/id/21025x employers x universitieshttp://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/documents/082000550K10.htm
INDIANA5
IOWA4
KANSAS4
KENTUCKY8
LOUISIANAx employers x universitieshttp://legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?p=y&d=919875x
MAINE1Paid personal leave effective Jan. 1, 2021http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_129th/billtexts/SP011003.asp40 hours/year; begins 2021)http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=369&PID=1456&snum=129x employershttp://legislature.maine.gov/legis/statutes/26/title26sec616.html
MARYLANDx Montgomery Countyhttps://www.dllr.state.md.us/paidleave/paidleaveposter.shtml40 hours/yearhttps://www.dllr.state.md.us/paidleave/paidleavefaqs.shtmlxhttp://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/chapters_noln/Ch_29_hb0087T.pdfx employers x universitieshttp://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmStatutesText.aspx?article=gle§ion=3-712&ext=html&session=2015RS&tab=subject5
MASSACHUSETTS6xhttps://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXXI/Chapter149/Section148C12-26 weeks/year
MICHIGAN1xhttp://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(uu5n4uvu05gmr2j42quhyn1k))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-Act-338-of-201840 hours/yearhttps://www.michigan.gov/leo/0,5863,7-336-78421_94422_59886_91049---,00.htmlx employers x universitieshttp://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(z0c0smyaquiypszmm2tzgqae))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-Act-478-of-2012x
MINNESOTA1Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluthhttps://www.dli.mn.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/sick_leave.pdf
MISSISSIPPI
MISSOURI6x
MONTANA1x employershttp://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca/39/2/39-2-307.htm
NEBRASKAx employershttp://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=48-3501
NEVADAPaid personal leave effective Jan. 1, 2020https://www.leg.state.nv.us/App/NELIS/REL/80th2019/Bill/6553/Overview40 hours/yearhttp://labor.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/labornvgov/content/Employer/SB%20312%20Paid%20Leave%20English.pdfxhttp://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/Bills/SB/SB127.pdfx employershttp://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Legal/LawLibrary/NRS/NRS-613.html
NEW HAMPSHIRE6x employers x universitieshttp://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XXIII/275/275-74.htmx
NEW JERSEY1xhttp://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/forms_pdfs/tdi/Law.pdfxhttps://nj.gov/labor/wagehour/lawregs/nj_state_wage_and_hour_laws_and_regulations.html6 weeks/yearx employers x universitiesftp://www.njleg.state.nj.us/20122013/PL13/155_.HTM
NEW MEXICO4Bernalillo Countyhttps://library.municode.com/nm/bernalillo_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=BECOCO_CH14BU_ARTXIIEMWEAC_S14-701TIPUBernalillo County (24 hours/year; begins 7/1/20)http://bernalillocountynm.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?ID=10287&highlightTerms=paidx employers x universitieshttps://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/13 Regular/final/SB0422.pdf
NEW YORK4xhttp://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/forms/db271s.pdfNew York City, Westchester County10 weeks/year in 2020x
NORTH CAROLINA
NORTH DAKOTA1
OHIO4
OKLAHOMAx employershttp://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=473604
OREGON6xhttps://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors653.html12 weeks/year; begins 2023https://www.oregon.gov/employ/PFMLI/Pages/default.aspxxhttps://olis.leg.state.or.us/liz/2010S1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/SB1045/A-Engrossedx employers x universitieshttps://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors659A.html
PENNSYLVANIA4Philadelphia, Pittsburghx
*PUERTO RICOxhttps://secure.ssa.gov/poms.NSF/lnx/0452135215xhttps://www.trabajo.pr.gov/docs/Boletines/Guias_Legislacion_Laboral.pdf
RHODE ISLAND4xhttp://www.dlt.ri.gov/pdf/UITDIRules0614.pdfxhttps://law.justia.com/codes/rhode-island/2017/title-28/chapter-28-57/section-28-57-5/4 weeks/yearx employers x universitieshttp://www.apple.com/
SOUTH CAROLINA
SOUTH DAKOTA1
TENNESSEE8x employershttp://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1808.pdf
TEXAS
UTAHx employers x universitieshttps://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title34/Chapter48/34-48-S201.html?v=C34-48-S201_1800010118000101
VERMONT1xhttps://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/21/005/00482xhttp://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/bills/Passed/S-095.pdfx employers + Commissioned a study
VIRGINIA1x employers x universitieshttp://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/40.1-28.7:5
WASHINGTON8xhttps://www.lni.wa.gov/workers-rights/leave/paid-sick-leave/12 weeks/yearhttps://paidleave.wa.govx employershttp://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=49.44.200
WEST VIRGINIA12x employershttp://www.legis.state.wv.us/WVcode/ChapterEntire.cfm?chap=21&art=5H
WISCONSIN1x employers x universitieshttp://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/995/55
WYOMING2
GUAMx employershttp://www.guamcourts.org/CompilerofLaws/GCA/22gca/22gc003.PDF

This chart includes the state and federal laws related to unemployment benefits.

StateMax. Weekly Benefit Amount in 2020CARES Act Max Weekly Benefit for 4 MonthsState Unemployment Insurance AgencyState Maximum Weeks*CARES Act Maximum Weeks
ALABAMA$275 $875 AL Department of Laborhttps://labor.alabama.gov/unemployment.aspx2033
ALASKA$370 (Individual) up to $442 (w/dependents)$970 (Individual) up to $1,042 (w/dependents)AK Department of Labor & Workforce Development Employment and Training Serviceshttp://www.labor.alaska.gov/unemployment/home.htm2639
ARIZONA$240 $840 AZ Department of Economic Securityhttps://des.az.gov/featured-story/how-apply-unemployment-benefits 2639
ARKANSAS$451 $1,051 AR Division of Workforce Serviceshttps://www.dws.arkansas.gov/unemployment/1629
CALIFORNIA$450 $1,050 CA Employment Development Departmenthttps://edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/2639
COLORADO$618 $1,218 CO Department of Labor and Employmenthttps://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/file-claim2639
CONNECTICUT$649 (Individual) up to $724 (w/dependents)$1,249 (Individual) up to $1,324 (w/dependents)CT Department of Laborhttp://www.filectui.com/2639
DELAWARE$400 $1,000 DE Department of Laborhttps://ui.delawareworks.com/2639
*DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA$444 $1,044 DC Department of Employment Serviceswww.does.dc.gov/service/unemployment-compensation-process2639
FLORIDA$275 $875 FL Department of Economic Opportunityhttp://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants1225
GEORGIA$365 $965 GA Department of Laborhttps://dol.georgia.gov/file-unemployment-insurance-claim2033
HAWAII$648 $1,248 HI Department of Labor and Industrial Relationshttp://labor.hawaii.gov/ui/2639
IDAHO$448 $1,048 ID Deptartment of Laborhttps://www.labor.idaho.gov/dnn/Unemployment-Benefits2033
ILLINOIS$484 (Individual) up to $669 (w/dependents)$1,084 (Individual) up to $1,269 (w/dependents)IL Dept of Employment Securitywww.ides.illinois.gov/Pages/default.aspx2639
INDIANA$390 $990 IN Department of Workforce Developmentwww.in.gov/dwd/2358.htm2639
IOWA$481 (Individual) up to $591 (w/dependents)$1,081 (Individual) up to $1,191 (w/dependents)IA Workforce Developmentwww.iowaworkforce.org2639
KANSAS$488 $1,088 KS Department of Laborhttps://www.getkansasbenefits.gov/Home.aspx1629
KENTUCKY$552 $1,152 KY Career Centerwww.oet.ky.gov/2639
LOUISIANA$247 $847 LA Workforce Commissionwww.laworks.net/Homepage.asp2639
MAINE$445 (Individual) up to $667 (w/dependents)$1,045 (Individual) up to $1,267 (w/dependents)ME Department of Laborhttps://www.maine.gov/unemployment/2639
MARYLAND$430 $1,030 MD Department of Laborwww.dllr.state.md.us/employment/unemployment.shtml2639
MASSACHUSETTS$823 (Individual) up to $1,234 (w/dependents)$1,423 (Individual) up to $1,834 (w/dependents)MA Labor and Workforce Developmentwww.mass.gov/lwd/unemployment-insur3043
MICHIGAN$362 (w/dependents)$962 (w/dependents)MI Department of Labor and Economic Opportunitywww.michigan.gov/uia2639
MINNESOTA$740 $1,340 MN Department of Employment and Economic Developmentwww.uimn.org/uimn2639
MISSISSIPPI$235 $835 MS Department of Employment Securitywww.mdes.ms.gov/unemployment-claims/2639
MISSOURI$320 $920 MO Department of Labor and Industrial Relationswww.labor.mo.gov/DES/Claims2033
MONTANA$552 $1,152 MT Department of Labor and Industrywww.uid.dli.mt.gov/2841
NEBRASKA$440 $1,040 NE Department of Laborhttps://dol.nebraska.gov/UIBenefits2639
NEVADA$469 $1,069 NV Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitationwww.ui.nv.gov/home.htm2639
NEW HAMPSHIRE$427 $1,027 NH Department of Employment Securitywww.nhes.nh.gov/2639
NEW JERSEY$713 $1,313 NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://myunemployment.nj.gov2639
NEW MEXICO$511 $1,111 NM Department of Workforce Solutionshttps://www.dws.state.nm.us/Unemployment2639
NEW YORK$504 $1,104 NY Department of Laborhttps://labor.ny.gov/unemploymentassistance.shtm2639
NORTH CAROLINA$350 $950 NC Department of Commerce Division of Employment Securityhttps://des.nc.gov2033
NORTH DAKOTA$618 $1,218 Job Service North Dakotawww.jobsnd.com/unemployment-for-individuals2639
OHIO$480 (Individual) to $647 (w/dependents)$1,080 (Individual) to $1,247 (w/dependents)OH Department of Job and Family Serviceswww.jfs.ohio.gov/ouc/2639
OKLAHOMA$539 $1,139 OK Employment Security Commissionhttp://www.ok.gov/oesc_web/Services/Unemployment_Insurance/UI_Claimant_Info.html2639
OREGON$648 $1,248 OR Employment Departmenthttps://www.oregon.gov/Employ/Unemployment/Pages/default.aspx2639
PENNSYLVANIA$572 (Individual) to $580 (w/dependents)$1,172 (Individual) to $1,180 (w/dependents)PA Department of Labor and Industrywww.uc.pa.gov/2639
*PUERTO RICO$190 $790 PR Department of Labor and Human Resourceshttps://www.trabajo.pr.gov/seguro_por_desempleo.asp2639
RHODE ISLAND$586 (Individual) to $732 (w/dependents)$1,186 (Individual) to $1,467 (w/dependents)RI Department of Labor and Traininghttp://www.dlt.ri.gov/ui/2639
SOUTH CAROLINA$326 $926 SC Department of Employment & Workforcewww.dew.sc.gov/2033
SOUTH DAKOTA$414 $1,014 SD Department of Labor and Regulationwww.dlr.sd.gov/ui/2639
TENNESSEE$275 $875 TN Department of Labor and Workforce Developmenthttps://www.tn.gov/workforce/unemployment.html2639
TEXAS$521 $1,121 TX Workforce Commissionhttps://www.twc.texas.gov/jobseekers/unemployment-benefits2639
UTAH$580 $1,180 UT Department of Workforce Serviceshttps://jobs.utah.gov/ui/home/2639
VERMONT$513 $1,113 VT Department of Laborhttps://labor.vermont.gov/unemployment-insurance2639
VIRGINIA$378 $978 VA Employment Commissionhttps://www.vec.virginia.gov/cr2639
WASHINGTON$790 $1,390 WA Employment Security Departmenthttps://esd.wa.gov/unemployment2639
WEST VIRGINIA$424 $1,024 WorkForce WVhttps://workforcewv.org/unemployment/claimants2639
WISCONSIN$370 $970 WI Department of Workforce Developmenthttps://www.dwd.wisconsin.gov/ui/2639
WYOMING$508 $1,108 WY Department of Workforce Serviceshttp://www.wyomingworkforce.org/workers/ui/2639