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Whether these laws will be more employer- or employee-friendly may depend on the state
President Donald Trump has called for deregulation at the federal level in many areas. This includes repealing the Affordable Care Act and undoing some employment-related requirements for federal contractors.
Trump has also said that he supports the right of states to determine their own laws and regulations in some areas.
Many employment attorneys agree that there will be a flurry of activity in state legislatures during the next few years, but will Trump's presidency spark more state law protections for employers or workers? The answer may depend on the state.
Puzder's Confirmation Hearing Delayed Again
The confirmation hearing for Trump's labor secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, has been delayed for the third time. This may lead states to take more matters into their own hands because they aren't getting a clear reading from Washington, D.C., about new and existing Department of Labor regulations.
Puzder's confirmation hearing was originally scheduled for Jan. 12. The latest delay pushed the hearing to Feb. 7 to allow the nominee more time to submit required paperwork that includes background and financial information. (The Washington Post)
Democrats Invoke States' Rights
Lawmakers in California and other blue states plan to use legislation, litigation and circumvention to resist Trump. (The Economist)
Pay and Benefits Under Trump
Federal initiatives may be dialed back during Trump's presidency, but more states and cities are likely to strive for higher pay and benefits. (USA Today)
Attorney General Pushes for Worker Protections
Democratic New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman told The Atlantic he is prepared to protect employees from wage theft and other illegal practices if the federal government doesn't. (The Atlantic)
Right-to-Work Laws Gain Momentum
Some states with traditionally high union membership rates now have strong Republican majorities, and state lawmakers have introduced or passed right-to-work legislation. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Texas High Court Will Hear Gay Marriage Case
The Texas Supreme Court had previously declined to hear a case seeking to end same-sex spousal benefits for municipal employees in Houston. But the all-Republican court reconsidered on Jan. 20 after receiving pressure from the state attorney general and other Republican leaders. (Fox News)
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