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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...
Cities and States Bar Salary History Inquiries
Recently, gender pay equity policies have been hot button issues at the federal and state levels. Although the wage gap largely depends on the worker's industry and experience, Census Bureau data from 2015 shows that women generally earned 79.6 cents for every dollar a...
West Virginia Becomes 29th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
Just in time for  4/20 — Governor Jim Justice (D) has  signed legislation ( WV SB 386) into law making West Virginia the 29th state to legalize medical marijuana for certain conditions.
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...
Will Congress Block States from Implementing Auto-Enroll IRA Programs?

Five states have passed legislation to automatically enroll business employees in state-sponsored Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) if the businesses do not themselves offer retirement benefits, but Congress could derail these programs before they get off the ground. 

Missouri Becomes 28th Right-to-Work State

Advocates for right-to-work laws have secured their second major victory of the year after Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (R) signed a right-to-work bill (MO SB 19) into law this morning. The legislation makes Missouri the 28th right-to-work state in the country. The...

Minimum Wages Rise in 19 States

When President Obama suggested in his 2014 State of the Union address that Congress should increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour, states were quick to advance the issue themselves. Since then, and with the help of the Fight for $15 campaign,...

Right-to-Work to Expand in 2017

UPDATED: The latest information on this issue is available here.

Advocates for right-to-work laws will have a chance to add to recent victories after voters in three states removed roadblocks to the passage of right-to-work laws in Kentucky, Missouri, and New Hampshire....