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FL - Florida Workplace Law News
Workers’ Comp ‘Exclusive Remedy’ Provision Upheld
In a long-awaited decision, the Florida Supreme Court upheld the state’s workers’ compensation exclusive-remedy provision, saying that an employee’s widow who had signed a release as part of a settlement agreement with the employer and its insurer could not later collect a $9.5 million judgment in a civil action.

Other Recent State Law Developments

CA - California Workplace Law News
Heat Illness Prevention Regulation Amended
The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted an amendment to the state Heat Illness Prevention regulation, changing the requirements for potable water, shade, cool-down periods, high-heat procedures, emergency preparedness, acclimatization, training and heat illness prevention plans.

IL - Illinois Workplace Law News
Governor Ceases Mandatory State Employees’ Union Dues
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order terminating the requirement that state agencies deduct “fair share” fees from state employeespaychecks to pay union dues.

NH - New Hampshire Workplace Law News
State Unemployment Tax Cut Due
Thanks to an improving economy and a robust unemployment compensation trust fund, the unemployment tax rate for all New Hampshire employers was reduced 1 percent effective for the first quarter of 2015.

NJ - New Jersey Workplace Law News
High Court Adopts Employee-Friendly Test for Independent Contractor Status
In a decision widely considered to have the potential to make it more difficult for employers to classify workers as independent contractors, the New Jersey Supreme Court adopted an employee-friendly test for determining whether someone is an employee or an independent contractor. 

NY - New York Workplace Law News
$5.85M Settlement of Interns’ Class Action Preliminarily Approved
A $5.85 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit alleging that magazine publisher Condé Nast underpaid thousands of interns received preliminary approval from a federal magistrate.

PA - Pennsylvania Workplace Law News
State Legislature Considers ‘Ban the Box’ Bill; Philadelphia’s Law Goes Into Effect
A bill to regulate employment inquiries into arrest records was introduced into the Pennsylvania Senate. Meanwhile, a new Philadelphia law restricting the ability of employers to ask applicants about criminal records went into effect. 
 

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. 

States by U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal
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