State Workplace Law News
Marijuana Use and Workplace Drug Policies
Twenty states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized possession of marijuana for medical use. Washington and Colorado allow recreational use as well. But federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug – one with no legal use.
Other Recent State Law Developments
AZ - Arizona Workplace Law News
Tempe City Council Broadens Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
The Tempe City Council approved a proposal to expand the Tempe City Code’s anti-discrimination ordinance to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
CA - California Workplace Law News
San Francisco Mayor Signs ‘Ban-the-Box’ Ordinance
San Francisco has “banned-the-box” on employment applications and has added other restrictions on private employers’ ability to obtain and use criminal history information.
DE - Delaware Workplace Law News
State Approves Minimum Wage Increase
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed legislation to increase that state’s minimum wage to $8.25 an hour, one dollar more than the current rate of $7.25, effective June 1, 2015. An interim jump of fifty cents will occur on June 1 of this year, raising Delaware’s current wage to $7.75.
IL - Illinois Workplace Law News
College Football Players Petition NLRB for Union Recognition
In the first effort by U.S. college athletes to join a labor union, a group of college football players from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., who receive athletic scholarships, filed a petition with the Chicago regional office of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for union recognition.
NE - Nebraska Workplace Law News
State Extends Veterans Preference to Spouses of Disabled Vets
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved a new Nebraska law that extends veterans preference in hiring to the spouses of permanently disabled veterans.
PA - Pennsylvania Workplace Law News
Bar and Restaurant Chain Improperly Took Tips from Servers
A Philadelphia sports bar and restaurant chain signed a consent judgment agreeing to pay current and former employees more than $6.8 million in back wages and damages for improperly taking tips from servers and violating federal minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping requirements.
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 Status Reports under the blue "Public Policy" tab.