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State and Local Resources

IL - Illinois Workplace Law News
Illinois Passes Ban-the-Box Legislation
A new Illinois law prohibits employers from inquiring into a prospective employee’s criminal background on its application or during the early stages of application review.

Other Recent State Law Developments

AL - Alabama Workplace Law News
New Law Allows Expungement of Certain Criminal Records
A new law in Alabama allows individuals to petition to have certain criminal records expunged upon the payment of $300 in fees, plus court costs, and following a successful petition to the court in which the relevant charge was filed.

CA - California Workplace Law News

Minimum Wage Rises in California
Many store cashiers, restaurant employees and other low-wage workers in California just got a pay boost as a debate rages over just how high their pay should go. The minimum wage rose from $8 to $9 an hour and will increase again to $10 in January 2016.

FL - Florida Workplace Law News
Governor Signs Limited Marijuana Law
Gov. Rick Scott signed two measures legalizing the use of a non-euphoric strain of marijuana to treat conditions such as epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and cancer. In November, Florida voters will weigh in on Amendment 2, a much broader medical marijuana referendum that would legalize marijuana for a range of conditions.

NJ - New Jersey Workplace Law News
Whistle-blower Not Fired Illegally
A nurse who complained about the spread of infectious diseases in a nursing home, reporting his concerns to governmental agencies and to the press, was not fired in violation of the state’s whistle-blower protection statute, the New Jersey Supreme Court held.

NV - Nevada Workplace Law News
Constitution Provides Exclusive Exemptions from Minimum Wage
The Nevada Constitution’s categories of individuals who are exempted from the payment of minimum wage supersede the exemptions previously provided by statute, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled, clarifying a question that has troubled employers in Nevada.

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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