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2018 Election Review: Marijuana Legalization Ballot Measures

Marijuana legalization proponents had a big night as voters approved legalization efforts for recreational use in Michigan and medical use in Missouri and Utah. After Tuesday, ten states and Washington, D.C. have legalized the use of recreational marijuana and 32 states...

2018 Election Review: Employment & Labor Ballot Measures

Voters in three states weighed in on employment-related ballot measures on Tuesday. Measures in Arkansas and Missouri to raise the minimum wage both passed overwhelmingly. Voters approved Issue 5 in Arkansas, which will raise the minimum wage to $11 per hour in 2021 and...

Workers in 18 States Saw Higher Minimum Wages in January. Which States Will Raise Minimum Wages Even Higher?

The last federal minimum wage increase — to $7.25 per hour, from $6.55 per hour — occurred on July 24, 2009. In the years since Congress last increased the minimum wage, state and local leaders across the country have introduced countless minimum wage proposals,...

State Legislatures Address Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment allegations have dominated headlines over the past several months, and politicians have not been exempt from scrutiny as women have come forward and voiced their stories of harassment at state capitols. As states convened their legislative sessions in...

2017 State Policy Review: Employment & Labor

Legislators across the country focused on a variety of employment issues in 2017, from more traditional issues like paid leave and right-to-work laws to emerging issues like predictive scheduling and salary history bans. In places where legislation was introduced, it was...

Paid Sick Leave Laws Continue to Spread
Last month, Rhode Island became the eighth state to enact a law mandating that employers provide employees with paid sick leave. Under the new law, effective July 1, 2018, employers are required to provide employees with three paid sick days per year in 2018, four in...
Oregon Passes First-in-Nation Statewide "Predictive Scheduling" Law
Oregon will likely became the first state in the nation to enact a “ predictive scheduling” law (also referred to as "restrictive scheduling" or "fair scheduling"), following the passage of similar local ordinances in San Francisco (2014), Emeryville, California (2016),...

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