The first half of the year has been busy, as many states have been in session making important decisions about labor laws! Here are the key takeaways you should be paying attention to.
1. The number of state labor law bills increased 13% from 2017
This year there are already 1,988 active bills in state legislation. The most active states include:
- New York (228)
- New Jersey (124)
- Massachusetts (123)
- Rhode Island (105)
- Washington (86)
These bills primarily fall into six categories: employment rights (265), minimum wage (253), wage and hour (212), discrimination (197), employee leave (177) and paid leave (40).
2. The biggest change from 2017? Harassment.
Harassment in the workplace has become a widespread issue and is therefore one of the top increased areas in labor laws. The specific areas of harassment include sexual harassment, gender harassment, bullying and office climate.
3. Legislation generally reflects popularly discussed social concerns.
- Enabling parent involvement
- Concern for working poor
- Equality of LGBTQ community
- Caring for veterans
We can expect more of the same activity this year and into 2019, especially with the MeToo movement, paid leave, minimum wage and local action.
Listen to the webinar recording to learn more.