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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),...
Heat Between Cities and States Rises as Local Preemption Continues
We've reported on the growing tension between localities and states several times in the past. States have continued their efforts to preempt local employer mandates and other ordinances at the city and county levels. Before the 2017 legislative sessions, 22 states...
Minimum Wage Increases Sweep State Ballots

UPDATED: An newer post on this topic is available here.

Not unexpectedly, voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington all approved the minimum wage increases on statewide ballots Tuesday night. The single attempt to roll back a minimum wage in South Dakota came up...

A Big Night for Right-to-Work Advocates

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