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States Continue to Push for State-Mandated Auto-Enroll Retirement Programs

More than 30 million U.S. workers report that they do not have access to an employer-based retirement plan, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report. In an attempt to narrow this coverage gap, states have begun exploring ways to offer private-sector workers,...

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...

Vermont Governor First to Sign Recreational Marijuana Law
This afternoon, Vermont Governor Phil Scott (R) became the first governor in the country to sign recreational marijuana legalization into law. Vermont is now the first state to pass recreational marijuana legalization via the legislative process, and the ninth state...
MultiState's 2017 State Policy Review & 2018 Preview
This is an updated compilation of six separate posts the MultiState team has published over the past month reviewing the top state issues of 2017 and previewing what's ahead in 2018.

Budgets

At the start of 2017, MultiState found that 31 states were facing budget...
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),...
Washington Enacts Generous Paid Family Leave Mandate
Governor Jay Inslee (D) signed paid family and medical leave legislation into law ( WA SSB 5975) yesterday, making Washington the fifth state to enact a paid family leave program. California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have existing programs, and New York enacted paid...
Congress Upends State Auto-Enroll Retirement Programs
After five states passed legislation to automatically enroll many private-sector employees in state-sponsored individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Congress just voted to upend these programs before states could launch them. More than 30 million U.S. workers report...

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