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FL -  Florida Workplace Law News

State Judge Finds Florida Workers' Compensation Act Unconstitutional
A Miami judge declared the Florida Workers' Compensation Act unconstitutional, concluding that the state legislature had so diminished medical care and wage-loss benefits for injured workers that the statute violates employees’ “fundamental” rights.

Other Recent State Law Developments

CA - California Workplace Law News
Employers Must Pay for Employee Cell Phone Use
Employers must reimburse employees a reasonable percentage of their bills when they are required to use their personal cell phones for work, a California appellate court ruled.

MD - Maryland Workplace Law News
Employers May Be Liable for Triple Damages for Misclassification Claim
Maryland’s highest court held that employers can be held liable under the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Law for all overtime violations, including allegations of misclassification under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Maryland Wage and Hour Law.

NJ - New Jersey Workplace Law News
Gov. Christie Signs ‘Ban-the-Box’ Law
The new law will bar employers of 15 or more from conducting criminal background checks at the start of the employment application process, beginning when the applicant first makes an inquiry to an employer and ending when the employer has interviewed the applicant and selected that person as its first choice to fill the position.

NY - New York Workplace Law News
State Enacts Anti-Discrimination Legislation Protecting Interns in the Workplace
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation amending the New York State Human Rights Law to protect unpaid interns against workplace discrimination and retaliation.

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.

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