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Cities, States Increasing Minimum Wage, Requiring Paid Leave
Democrat-backed bills in both the House and the Senate to raise the federal minimum wage to at least $12 per hour from the $7.25 current rate and to require most employers to offer up to seven days of paid sick leave per year are nonetheless unlikely to move forward in the Republican-controlled Congress. Faced with this legislative gridlock on the federal level, more cities and states are raising their minimum wages and securing paid sick leave for workers, the White House said in a report.

Other Recent State Law Developments


CA - California Workplace Law News
Calif. Minimum Wage Bill Stalls in Legislature
A controversial bill to increase California’s minimum wage has failed to pass in the state legislature. The bill would have phased in a $3 per hour increase to the minimum wage rate and also would have imposed annual cost of living increases.

Calif. Labor Enforcement Task Force Issues Four Stop-Work Orders

California’s Labor Enforcement Task Force discovered safety violations at four sites during August 2015, immediately issuing orders stopping work at the sites and requiring the employers to correct the hazardous conditions.


LA - Louisiana Workplace Law News
Living Wage Ordinance’ for New Orleans Contractors Set to Go Into Effect
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed a new ordinance that will require all city contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.55 per hour to employees. The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.


RI - Rhode Island Workplace Law News
Rhode Island Enacts Legislation Authorizing the Use of Electronic Pay Cards
The Rhode Island General Assembly sent Gov. Gina Raimondo a compromise measure that would allow Rhode Island employers—for the first time in the state’s history—to pay wages via electronic pay cards. The measure became law on July 15, 2015, without the governor’s signature.

TN - Tennessee Workplace Law News
Job Applicant Cannot Sue for Failure to Hire under Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act
The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that a job applicant has no cause of action against a prospective employer in Tennessee if the prospective employer failed to hire the job applicant because the applicant had filed, or is likely to file, a workers’ compensation claim against a previous employer.

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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. 

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