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Cities, States Increasing Minimum Wage, Requiring Paid Leave
Democrat-backed bills in both the House and the Senate to raise the federal minimum wage to at least $12 per hour from the $7.25 current rate and to require most employers to offer up to seven days of paid sick leave per year are nonetheless unlikely to move forward in the Republican-controlled Congress. Faced with this legislative gridlock on the federal level, more cities and states are raising their minimum wages and securing paid sick leave for workers, the White House said in a report.

Other Recent State Law Developments

 

CA - California Workplace Law News
Last Call: California Legislature Makes Final Push for 2015 Session
Still pending in the California legislature are several bills of particular interest to California private sector employers, including one that would increase the minimum wage statewide and one that would expand the scope and coverage of the California Family Rights Act. -Still pending in the California legislature are several bills of particular interest to California private sector employers, including one that would increase the minimum wage statewide and one that would expand the scope and coverage of the California Family Rights Act. -

LA - Louisiana Workplace Law News
Living Wage Ordinance’ for New Orleans Contractors Set to Go Into Effect
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed a new ordinance that will require all city contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.55 per hour to employees. The ordinance is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016.

RI - Rhode Island Workplace Law News
Rhode Island Enacts Legislation Authorizing the Use of Electronic Pay Cards
The Rhode Island General Assembly sent Gov. Gina Raimondo a compromise measure that would allow Rhode Island employers—for the first time in the state’s history—to pay wages via electronic pay cards. The measure became law on July 15, 2015, without the governor’s signature.

WI - Wisconsin Workplace Law News
Wisconsin Eases, But Does Not Eliminate, the One Day of Rest in Seven Law
Wisconsin has made it easier for an employer to comply with Wisconsin’s “one day of rest in seven” requirement. Under this statute, most factory and mercantile employers must provide their employees with at least 24 consecutive hours of rest for every seven consecutive days worked.

WV - West Virginia Workplace Law News
West Virginia Amends State Rule Verifying Legal Employment Status of Workers
A new legislative rule amending the procedures required for West Virginia employers to verify the legal employment status of their workers went into effect in West Virginia.

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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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