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Immigration Reform

Senate's Failure on Immigration Reform Leads States to Act
When the U.S. Senate failed in its second attempt to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill last month, several states decided to take action rather than continue to wait for Congress. Within days of the Senate's failed cloture vote, governors in Arizona and Tennessee signed into law immigration proposals that have serious implications for HR professionals in those states, while in Illinois the governor is still pondering whether to sign legislation forwarded to him in June. Georgia, Colorado, and Oklahoma have already enacted similar immigration laws and other states will likely follow. [More]
Pay Equity

Gender-Based Pay Discrimination Bills Advance in Congress
For the second time in less than a month, a House committee is working on legislation to address pay disparities between women and men in the workplace. [More]
FMLA Developments

SHRM Summarizes DOL's FMLA Report
If you've been reluctant to start your summer reading list with the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) 180-page Report on the Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations, SHRM has saved you the trouble. SHRM's Government Affairs department has prepared a summary of the report, analyzing the discussion of more than 15,000 comments by employees and employers. [More]
Minimum Wage

New Minimum Wage Posters Available on DOL Website
Time to redecorate the employee break room! The deadline is approaching for most U.S. employers to post the new Federal minimum wage increases that were recently signed into law by President George W. Bush. [More]
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