• 2010 State Law Changes
  • February 3, 2010
  • Law Firm: Blank Rome LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • As 2010 begins, many states are or will be enforcing new legislation affecting a wide number of labor and employment practices. Wages, individual employment rights, and fair employment practices are just a few of the areas state legislatures have addressed in response to a new administration, a faltering economy, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The following list highlights a number of employment and labor practices that were addressed and the states enacting new legislation.

    State Minimum Wage--Increase

    • Alaska, Colorado (decrease), Connecticut, Illinois (effective July 1, 2010), Kansas, and Maine

    Wage Payment--Claims and methods adjustments

    • Alaska, Arkansas, California, Nebraska, Oregon, and Virginia

    Individual Employment Rights

    • Expanded smoking restrictions
      • Arkansas (beginning August 1, 2010), Michigan, North Carolina, and Wisconsin (beginning July 5, 2010)
    • New or expanded requirements for criminal background checks or drug testing
      • Idaho, Indiana, Oregon, and Wisconsin

    Fair Employment Practices - Expanded definitions, coverage, notification requirements, or whistleblower protections

    • California, Colorado, Illinois, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, and Rhode Island

    Same-Sex Marriage or Equivalent--Recognition

    • Connecticut and New Hampshire

    Military and Emergency Services Leave--Expanded leave rights

    • California, Illinois, and Oregon