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Senate Bill 207-FN, effective January 1, 2015, has modified the New Hampshire Pay Equity Act. Under the new Pay Equity Act, no employer shall discriminate between employees based on sex by paying them different wage rates for performing the same work based solely on sex. Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against an employee who Read more

Ontario’s Ministry of Labour just announced that as of April 1, 2015, a new training requirement will be mandatory for workers that perform travel restraint system, fall restricting system, fall arrest system, safety net, work belt, or safety belt. Working at Heights Program Standard is the new training program designed to prevent injuries and fatalities Read more

To clarify the paid sick leave act requirements, Connecticut’s Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law Public Act 14-128. The amendment will take effect on January 1, 2015. Under the current law, a covered employer must provide paid sick leave if he or she employs 50 or more people during any quarter in the previous Read more

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has signed the Opportunity to Compete Act, also known as “Ban the Box” legislation. The law will go into effect March 1, 2015 and applies to New Jersey employers with 15 or more employees. Under the law, employers may not post job advertisements indicating that people that have been arrested Read more

The city of Columbia is the first city in Missouri to pass the “ban the box” ordinance. The ordinance that took effect December 1st was designed to make it easier for people with prior criminal backgrounds to compete in the job market. Employers in Columbia are now prohibited from asking applicants about criminal histories or Read more

Starting January 1, 2015, Arizonans will be seeing an increase to their minimum wage rate. As calculated by the Industrial Commission of Arizona, the minimum wage rate will increase to $8.05 per hour. For tipped employees, an employer may pay up to $3.00 per hour less than the minimum wage if he or she establishes Read more

The U.S. Department of Labor and New Hampshire Department of Labor have signed an agreement to protect workers’ rights by focusing on the misclassification of employees. Under this agreement, both government agencies will share information to ensure law compliance, and if necessary, coordinate law enforcement. The direct communication aims to prevent and restore the rights Read more

Missouri’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations recently announced that the state’s general minimum wage rate will increase to $7.65 per hour, beginning on January 1, 2015. For tipped employees, the minimum wage rate will increase to at least 50 percent of the general minimum wage. Retail and service businesses whose annual gross sales are Read more