New Jersey Employers Prepare for New Hiring Restrictions

The New Jersey legislature has approved to new bills that will affect New Jersey employers’ hiring practices. These measures are: “Ban the box”— a law that would prohibit employers from inquiring about job candidates’ criminal histories during the initial hiring … Continue reading

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Michigan Minimum Wage Hike: Updated Labor Law Products are Now Shipping

By law, Michigan employers must begin paying the new state minimum wage on September 1, 2014. The wage rate increases incrementally over four years by one dollar and eighty-five cents ($1.85). Currently the minimum wage is $7.40 per hour. The … Continue reading

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Indiana Law Adds Veterans to EEO Posting; Labor Law Poster Update Required

Veteran Status has been added as a class protected from employment discrimination under amended Indiana law. Veteran Status has also been added to Indiana’s required Equal Employment Opportunity posting. The law (HB  1242) prohibits employers from refusing to employ an … Continue reading

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Mandatory Changes to California Whistleblowers are Protected Poster

California’s Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has released mandatory updates to the Whistleblowers Are Protected posting, the result of legislation enacted in 2013 that was effective this year. Employees in California are encouraged to notify specified individuals when they have … Continue reading

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Illinois “Ban the Box” Law Opens Door to Employment for Applicants with Criminal Records

Illinois’ new “Ban the Box” law will soon give workers a second chance when it comes to landing a job.  The law prohibits private employers or employment agencies in Illinois from asking about the criminal histories of applicants until they … Continue reading

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New Tennessee Laws Employers Need to Know

Tennessee’s 2014 legislative session has ended with a couple of bills that require mention.  Employers need to know about the “Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014” and the “Healthy Workplace Act”. Tennessee Employee Online Privacy Act of 2014 This law … Continue reading

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EECO Issues Employer Pregnancy Discrimination and Accommodation Guide

The EEOC has just released its Enforcement Guidance: Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues, adopting new and substantive changes to the way federal law impacts workplace treatment of pregnancy. The guidance is divided into four sections: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) … Continue reading

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Minnesota’s Minimum Wage Hike is Effective in 2 Weeks

Minnesota’s minimum wage law covers full-time and part-time employees, there are a few exceptions. Under the law, employers must pay employees the minimum wage for all hours worked. Did you know… hours worked include training time, waiting time, rest periods … Continue reading

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Restaurant Safety for Young Workers

Restaurant employers have a unique opportunity to develop safe work habits in young workers and enhance the culture of safety in the food service industry. Workers in the fast-paced food service industry frequently encounter hazards such as sharp knives, hot … Continue reading

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Massachusetts: New Law Affects Employers

Massachusetts 2014 legislative session runs well into 2015, but there is an important bill Governor Patrick has already signed which requires mention. The most notable bill signed thus far is an increase in the state’s minimum wage. Senate Bill 2195, … Continue reading

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