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CA - California Workplace Law News
Significant Employment-Related Bills Before Legislature
There are a number of significant employment-related bills before the California legislature, including one that would increase the state’s minimum wage beyond the already contemplated 2016 increase and one that would expand the California Family Rights Act to apply to employers with more than five employees.

Other Recent State Law Developments

IL - Illinois Workplace Law News
Governor Ceases Mandatory State Employees’ Union Dues
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order terminating the requirement that state agencies deduct “fair share” fees from state employeespaychecks to pay union dues.

NJ - New Jersey Workplace Law News
How to Comply with ‘Ban the Box’ Law
In New Jersey, The Opportunity to Compete Act, otherwise known as the “Ban the Box” bill, restricting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal background during the initial stages of the application process, became effective March 1, 2015.

NM - New Mexico Workplace Law News
Supreme Court Creates Additional Protections for Physicians Participating in Peer Review
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled that a hospital violated the law by using confidential information about a physician’s peer review conduct to terminate his employment.

PA - Pennsylvania Workplace Law News
State Legislature Considers ‘Ban the Box’ Bill; Philadelphia’s Law Goes Into Effect
A bill to regulate employment inquiries into arrest records was introduced into the Pennsylvania Senate. Meanwhile, a new Philadelphia law restricting the ability of employers to ask applicants about criminal records went into effect. 

SHRM Reports on State Legislation

For the most recent information on the status of an HR issue SHRM is monitoring in state legislatures, see the SHRM Government Public Policy State Affairs under the "Public Policy" tab. 

States by U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
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