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State Workplace Law News

States Raise Minimum Wage in 2014
Despite gridlock in Congress on a bill that would raise the federal minimum wage, many lower-paid workers have seen their earnings increase due to recent changes in state requirements. During their 2014 legislative sessions. Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., enacted increases.

Other Recent State Law Developments

CA - California Workplace Law News
San Diego City Council Overrides Veto of Minimum Wage, Sick Leave Ordinance
The San Diego City Council overrode Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s veto of an ordinance raising the city’s minimum wage to $11.50 per hour and requiring employers to grant paid sick leave.

IL -  Illinois Workplace Law News
State Amends Wage Act to Allow Use of Payroll Cards
After Jan. 1, 2015, Illinois employers may pay employees’ wages with payroll cards in addition to paying by cash, check, or direct deposit into a bank account.

OH - Ohio Workplace Law News
Outside Salespeople Are Not Exempt Employees Under State Constitution
The Ohio minimum wage statute unconstitutionally restricted the definition of employee in the Ohio Constitution to exempt outside salespeople, an Ohio appellate court ruled, declaring the law invalid.  

PA - Pennsylvania Workplace Law News
Whistleblower Bills Signed into Law
Legislation designed to expand whistleblower protections to cover employees of government contractors and a similar measure to extend protections to employees of the state legislature were signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett and will go into effect Aug. 31, 2014.

HRM 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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