New Jersey Voters Peg Minimum Wage to CPI

While the man who vetoed an earlier minimum wage measure cruised to a landslide re-election as governor, New Jersey voters approved the bill he vetoed when it appeared on the ballot yesterday, raising the state minimum wage to $8.25 an hour and pegging it henceforth to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). New Jersey thus becomes […]

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Minimum Wage in Seattle Suburb Could Rise to $31,200 a Year — Or More!

A Seattle suburban mayoral competition being decided today at the ballot box could vault the SeaTac suburb to the status of highest-minimum-wage entity in the U.S. SeaTac incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn, responding to his opponent Ed Murray's vow to raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 for certain workers, says he might not stop there, […]

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Oklahoma Workplace Tobacco Laws Take Effect Nov. 1

Two laws coming into force on Nov. 1 in Oklahoma affect and clarify existing laws governing tobacco use in the workplace. New 21 Okla. Stat. § 1247 prohibits lighted tobacco products in any form in indoor workplaces. It does allow employers to establish smoking rooms that are fully enclosed and exhausted directly to the outside, […]

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New York Wage-Deduction Law Takes Effect

The New York Department of Labor (NYDOL) this past week issued final rules enabling employers to collect overpaid wages and pay advances from employees through paycheck deductions, providing certain conditions are met. The final rules implement a law that Gov. Andrew Cumo signed in September 2012. Employers had been waiting for NYDOL regulations before proceeding. […]

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Maryland Employers Must Arrange ‘Light Duty’ for Pregnant Employees

Effective Oct. 1, employers in Maryland with 15 or more on the payroll must provide pregnant employees with added reasonable accommodations going beyond those afforded by the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). Essentially, employers must rearrange the essential functions of a pregnant employee's job so that it is less […]

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N.C. E-Verify Mandate Becomes Law Over Governor’s Veto

Though exempting employees who work for fewer than nine months, North Carolina law now mandates that state, city and county governments all require all contractors and subcontractors to use the federal E-Verify system for employment eligibility verification. Gov. Pat McCrory originally vetoed the legislation, but the North Carolina House and Senate both voted to override […]

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State Court Strikes Down Indiana’s ‘Right-to-Work’ Law

A state Suprerior Court on Monday invalidated the Indiana right-to-work statute that requires unions to represent workers even if they choose not to pay union dues. Judge John Sedia ruled that the law runs counter to the Indiana constitution's ban on delivering services "without just compensation." The statute, however, remains in effect while the state […]

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New Jersey Law Bans ‘Salary Secrecy’ at Work

New Jersey has enacted legislation banning "salary secrecy" and throwing open all personal information regarding one's own compensation, benefits, duties, job title and most everything else — provided the person seeking the information is  a coworker doing so with the object of investigating details for a possible discrimination complaint or claim. The law, which mimics […]

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New Jersey Enacts Social Media Privacy Bill

New Jersey has become the 12th state to forbid employers from seeking access to employees' or job applicants' social media login credentials. It also establishes penalties for retaliation based upon an employee's or applicant's refusal to provide such information. Employers are still free, however, to avail themselves of access to the public side of anyone's […]

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Washington Becomes Eighth State to Ban Employer Login Requests of Employees

In a law that became effective July 28, Washington State has forbidden employers from ever requesting login information to social media accounts from employees for any reason. Specifically, employers may not: Request, require, or coerce an employee to disclose login information for a personal social-networking account; Request, require, or coerce an employee to access his […]

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