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State and Local Resources

MA- Massachusetts Workplace Law News
Attorney General Delays Implementation of Paid Sick Time Law for Many Employers
Maura Healey, the Massachusetts Attorney General, issued a statement in which she announced that the Massachusetts Paid Sick Time Law (scheduled to take effect July 1) would not apply until Jan. 1, 2016, to employers satisfying a “safe harbor” requirement.

Other Recent State Law Developments

CA - California Workplace Law News
Los Angeles City Council Votes to Increase Minimum Wage to $15
The Los Angeles City Council voted to raise the city’s minimum wage from $9 to $15. The council voted 14-1 to phase in the wage increase over five year.

GA - Georgia Workplace Law News
New Law Permits Use of Payroll Cards
Georgia employers now may pay employees through the use of payroll card accounts under a law signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.

MI - Michigan Workplace Law News
State Changes Garnishment Law
A new law changed the rules for Michigan employers charged with deducting payments from employee wages to settle the payment of employee debts.

MS - Mississippi Workplace Law News
State Prohibits Texting while Driving
Effective July 1, 2015, Mississippi drivers may not use cell phones for text messaging, or accessing social network sites, while driving. Until that date, state law bars only texting by drivers with temporary or learners permits.

NY - New York Workplace Law News
NYC Restricts Employers’ Use of Consumer Credit Information
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a amending the city’s Human Rights Law to make it an unlawful discriminatory practice to request or use an applicant’s consumer credit history in making employment decisions.

TX - Texas Workplace Law News
Invitations to Lunch Do Not Constitute Sexual Harassment
An employee could not reasonably believe that lunch invitations by a company vice president constituted sexual harassment, the Texas Supreme Court held.

WI – Wisconsin Workplace Law News
Continued Employment Constitutes Adequate Consideration for Restrictive Covenants
The Wisconsin Supreme Court held that an employer’s forbearance of its right to terminate an at-will employment relationship can support a restrictive covenant.


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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