State Labor Law Changes

Employers in the state of New Hampshire have new obligations relating to the notification of and payment of wages as well as record-keeping requirements. Under the amended New Hampshire Administrative Rules Chapter Lab 803.01 Payment of Wages, employers must notify employees at the time of hiring and prior to any changes the rate of pay Read more

Nebraska is the latest state to adopt a law that protects employees’ online privacy. Under the Workplace Privacy Act (bill 821), employers are prohibited from accessing an employee or applicant’s personal internet account. Employers cannot require employees or applicants to access their accounts in the employer’s presence nor require them to accept an invitation to Read more

On April 11, 2016, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed Executive Order 16-04 to implement a ban the box hiring policy for government entities. As defined in the Order, ban the box is a “policy which places questions relating to an individual’s criminal history later in the hiring process in order to provide applicants an opportunity Read more

Effective July 1, 2015, Vermont will become the latest state to prohibit an employer from requesting or requiring an employee or applicant to disclose their social media account information. Research indicates that more than 77 percent of companies use social media to research and recruit job candidates. Information gained from social networking websites is also Read more

On April 13, 2015, the governor of Nebraska signed a bill (L 627) relating to pregnancy under the Nebraska Fair Employment Practice Act. Beginning September, employers with 15 employees or more will be required to offer their employees reasonable accommodations with respect to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations may include “more frequent Read more

Employers will find more than just a change in the minimum wage rate on Ohio’s 2013 Minimum Wage notice. There are several other changes that provide guidance in applying the state’s minimum wage laws. New on the 2013 notice: Non-tipped employees’ minimum wage rate increase to $7.85 per hour (up 15 cents over the 2012 Read more

Louisiana Employment Security Law was recently amended to require EVERY employer to post a state-mandated notice regarding misclassification of employees as independent contractors. The new “Independent Contractor or Employee?” posting advises all employees, employers, independent contractors and subcontractors of: Factors that describe independent contractors, Rights regarding unemployment and workers’ compensation benefits, Employee protections from retaliation, Read more

Minimum wage increases are a hot topic today. New York is among many states where minimum wage-related labor law legislation is being considered. In fact, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) as of March 7th, 2012, 23 states introduced bills to raise the minimum wage during their 2012 legislative sessions. Minimum Wage Read more

During Hawaii’s last legislative session, several new laws were passed that expand worker protections. Hawaii has updated required labor law posters to reflect the changes in the law. The updated postings are: Laws Prohibiting Employment Discrimination, and Notice to Dislocated Workers. The Employment Discrimination posting was revised to include the new classes and categories protected Read more