Issues & Advocacy

Labor

Labor laws are regulated at the federal and state level. These policies impact both workers and businesses.  Here are some key facts to consider:

Wage and Hour – Did you know Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. approved minimum wage increases in 2014? Moreover, 15 states have scheduled future state minimum wage increases through 2018 while 29 states and Washington, D.C. have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage.

Please visit the U.S. Department of Labor for additional information on federal and state minimum wages.

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Employee Leave – The Family and Medical Leave Act, signed into law in 1993, provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year. It also requires that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave. FMLA applies to all public agencies, all public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees.

Discrimination –The Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, to name a few, are federal regulations that prohibit discriminatory behavior in the workplace. To learn more about the various types of discrimination prohibited by law, visit the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website.

December 5, 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, has published a new version of Form I-9, which must be used by all employers to verify a new employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the U.S.

November 20, 2016

With just over a week before it was to take effect, a federal judge has blocked implementation of the federal government's new overtime pay rule, which was scheduled to go into effect December 1.

May 31, 2016

The Department of Labor has released the first major overhaul of federal overtime pay rules in more than a decade, dramatically increasing the salary levels at which professional, executive and administrative employees will be exempt from overtime.

June 30, 2015

The Labor Department has proposed to more than double the salary level for workers in so-called "white collar" jobs to be exempt from overtime.  The proposal will be open to public comment in the next week or ten days.  See instructions below for submitting comments that will be available for 60...