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Business - March 13 2017 | 03-10-2017

New Hampshire Approves HB 436 The NEW HAMPSHIRE House approves HB 436 , which would exempt companies converting or transmitting virtual currency like Bitcoin from state banking laws that regulate money transmitters. It moves to the Senate (NEW HAMPSHIRE...

Business - March 6 2017 | 03-03-2017

Business In Missouri The MISSOURI Supreme Court rules that the city of St. Louis may legally raise its minimum wage to $11 per hour by 2018. Business interests had sued to block the ordinance, saying it violated a 2015 state law that sets the minimum...

Business - February 20 2017 | 02-17-2017

Indiana Approves HB 1133 The INDIANA House approves HB 1133 , which bars local governments from banning Airbnb and similar short-term rental services. The bill moves to the Senate (INDIANAPOLIS STAR). New Jersey Signs AB 3695 NEW JERSEY Gov....

Business - February 13 2017 | 02-10-2017

North Dakota Rejects HB 1263 The NORTH DAKOTA House rejects HB 1263 , which would have raised the Flickertail State minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.25 an hour, starting in 2018 with annual adjustments for cost of living increases beginning a year later...

Business - February 6 2017 | 02-03-2017

Utah Approves HB 40 The UTAH House approves HB 40 , which eliminates a loophole in Beehive State law that allows a payday lender to offer loans that last longer than the 10 week maximum allowed by law. It moves to the Senate (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE). ...

Business - January 23 2017 | 01-20-2017

Missouri Approves HB 91 The MISSOURI House approves HB 91 , so-called right-to-work legislation that would bar union workplaces from requiring workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment. It moves to the Senate (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH)...

Business - January 16 2017 | 01-13-2017

Business in KY KENTUCKY Gov. Matt Bevin (R) signs a trio of anti-labor measures: HB 1 , so-called “right-to-work” legislation that bars union membership as a requirement for employment; SB 6 , which requires workers to “opt in”...

Business - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

Business in Washington DC The WASHINGTON D.C. Council approves a proposal that would grant workers eight weeks of time off to care for a newborn or adopted child. The measure, which would also grant employees six weeks of paid leave to help ailing...

Business - December 5 2016 | 12-02-2016

Massachusetts Approves SB 2473 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate each gives final approval to SB 2473 , which would impose new safety requirements on so-called “duck boats,” amphibious sight-seeing vehicles commonly used for tourist excursions...

Business - November 21 2016 | 11-18-2016

Business In Michigan The MICHIGAN Legislature gives final approval to a four-bill package – SBs 995 , 996 , 997 and 998 – that collectively approve testing of autonomous vehicles on a 122-mile stretch of Wolverine State highways. The package...

Business - November 14 2016 | 11-11-2016

Business In Pennsylvania A PENNSYLVANIA court rules that employee drug tests are not confidential. The court ruled that a Keystone State law barring disclosure of patients’ substance abuse and addiction treatment records to third parties does...

Business - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

Business In West Virginia A federal court rules that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has not adequately considered potential job losses when establishing regulations governing the coal and other industries. Judge John Preston Bailey of the...

Business - October 17 2016 | 10-14-2016

Business In The U.S. A federal appeals court rules that the structure of the U.S. agency charged with guarding consumers’ finances is unconstitutional. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit determined...

Business - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

Business In Minnesota A federal judge rules that federal laws do not pre-empt MINNESOTA’s law that diesel sold at the pump contain at least 10 percent biofuel. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim rejected a suit from trucking, automotive and oil...

Business - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

California Signs AB 2844 CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 2844 , which bars the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel or other sovereign nations. The law applies to companies that have contracts worth $100,000 or more...

Business - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Business In Oklahoma The OKLAHOMA Supreme Court rules that a 2013 law giving Sooner State employers the power to “opt out” of the state workers’ compensation system and write their own plans is unconstitutional. The law, which supporters...

Business - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

Business In Missouri A MISSOURI court rules that electric automaker Tesla cannot bypass having dealerships to sell its cars directly to consumers. Cole County Judge Daniel Green ruled that Show Me State officials erred by allowing Tesla to sell cars...

Business - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

California Approves SB 1063 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves SB 1063 , which bars employers from paying workers based on race or ethnicity. The bill moves to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for consideration (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). California Gives Endorsement...

Business - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

New Jersey Signs SB 1923 NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs SB 1923 , legislation that bars the state’s public worker pension fund from investing in companies that refuse to do business with Israel. The Garden State becomes the third state...

Business - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

Business In NJ The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules that a 2014 NEW JERSEY law allowing sports betting at casinos and racetracks violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 federal law prohibiting the practice in all...

Business - August 8 2016 | 08-05-2016

The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate endorse HB 4570 , legislation that would establish a 20-cent-per-ride surcharge on ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft. The measure, which also requires the companies to perform background checks on drivers they...

Business - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

House and Senate Reach Final Agreement on MA SB 2119 The MASSACHUSETTS House and Senate reach final agreement on SB 2119 , gender pay equity legislation which requires men and women to be paid the same for similar work. The measure, which also bars...

Business - July 18 2016 | 07-15-2016

MA Approves SB 2394, SB 2409 and SB 2119 The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2394 , which would bar Bay State employers from running credit checks on job applicants. The measure, which makes exceptions for positions where the employee would handle...

Business - July 11 2016 | 07-08-2016

Business In CT The CONNECTICUT Supreme Court rules that state regulators can limit what tow truck operators charge motorists when police summon them to clear highway accidents. The ruling came in two cases where tow operators claimed the state could...

Business - July 5 2016 | 07-01-2016

Business In NJ The NEW JERSEY Supreme Court rules that employers may not terminate or discriminate against workers simply for getting divorced or separated from their spouse. The suit stemmed from the case of an employee who was terminated after revealing...

Business - June 20 2016 | 06-17-2016

CO Gov Signs HB 1404 COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) signs HB 1404 , which requires large daily fantasy sports operators to be licensed by the state, with smaller operators required only to register with state officials. The bill’s other...

Business - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

CA Approves AB 1676 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1676 , which bars employers from asking job applicants for their salary histories. The measure is now in the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). PA Gov Signs HB 1690 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf...

Business - June 6 2016 | 06-03-2016

LA Approves HB 266 The LOUISIANA Senate approves HB 266 , so-called “ban the box” legislation that would ban government agencies from asking job applicants about their criminal history until they have been granted an interview for an open...

Business - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

Business In the Workplace The Obama administration announces new rules that raise the threshold for full-time salaried workers to be paid overtime to those making $47,476 per year, up from the current standard of $23,660. The change, which would impact...

Business - May 16 2016 | 05-13-2016

CO Endorses SB 40 The COLORADO Senate endorses SB 40 , a bill that allows non-residents to invest in pot shops starting in 2017 provided at least one controlling owner or investor resides in-state. Current law restricts investors and owners to people...

Business - May 9 2016 | 05-06-2016

TN Gov Signs SB 2109 TENNESSEE Gov. Bill Haslam (R) signs SB 2109 , which makes the Volunteer State the third to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports games. The law establishes a regulatory framework for the industry, including a licensing process...

Business - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

LA Approves HB 266 The LOUISIANA House approves, HB 266 so-called “ban the box” legislation that bars government job applications from requiring job seekers to disclose a felony conviction. Employers could still require that information...

Business - April 18 2016 | 04-15-2016

CA AB 908 Signed by Gov CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 908 , which will expand the Golden State’s paid family leave wage replacement levels from 55 percent of income to either 60 percent or 70 percent depending on the worker’s...

Business - April 11 2016 | 04-08-2016

Business In CA CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown(D) signs SB 3 , which will raise the Golden State minimum wage to $15 by 2022, with so-called “off ramps” for years in which the economy is struggling (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). Business in NY...

Business - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

Business In NJ The NEW JERSEY House gives final approval to AB 2750, a bill that will make it illegal for employers to pay workers of different genders different wages for doing “substantially similar work.” It is now with Gov. Chris Christie...

Business - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

Business In WV WEST VIRGINIA Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) signs HB 4228, which legalizes ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft to operate in the Mountain State. The new law requires those companies to obtain a Division of Motor Vehicles permit, sets...

Business - March 14 2016 | 03-11-2016

Business In CA The CALIFORNIA Senate gives final approval to SB 7b, which would raise the legal smoking age in the Golden State to 21. It moves to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) for consideration (SACRAMENTO BEE). Also in CALIFORNIA , the Senate endorses SB...

Business - March 7 2016 | 03-04-2016

Business In VA The VIRGINIA General Assembly endorses SB 646, which would make the Old Dominion the first state to legislatively adopt regulations on the fast growing daily fantasy sports industry. Under the measure, fantasy operators would have to...

Business - February 22 2016 | 02-19-2016

Business In NJ The NEW JERSEY Senate approves SB 992, which would bar employers from paying one gender less than the other for “substantially similar” work. The measure moves to the Assembly (NEWARK STAR-LEDGER). Business In RI RHODE...

Business - February 15 2016 | 02-12-2016

The WEST VIRGINIA Senate approves HB 4005, which would eliminate the Mountain State’s prevailing wage law, which allows the state to determine hourly pay for all job categories on all large projects paid for entirely with taxpayer dollars. It moves...

Business - February 8 2016 | 02-04-2016

Business in DE The DELAWARE Senate approves SB 39, a bill that would raise the First State minimum wage to $10.25 by 2020. It is now in the House (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET, DELAWAREONLINE.COM). Business in IN The INDIANA House approves HB 1247, which...

Business - February 1 2016 | 01-29-2016

Business in WV The WEST VIRGINIA Senate approves SB 1, so-called “right-to-work” legislation that would allow employees in unionized workplaces to opt out of paying union dues while still requiring a union to represent all workers. The...

Business - January 18 2016 | 01-15-2016

Business in CA The CALIFORNIA Air Resources Board rejects a proposal from Volkswagen AG for how it plans to fix over 480,000 diesel-engine cars the company is accused of engineering to skirt U.S. air pollution control laws. Regulators deemed the proposed...

Business - January 11 2016 | 01-08-2016

MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signs HB 3922, which extends a Bay State law that requires 35 percent of employees eligible for a group home or auto insurance marketing discount, or credit, to participate in that plan within two years of the plan...

Business - December 21 2015 | 12-18-2015

The Seattle City Council adopts new rules that allow workers who drive for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft to form unions and collectively negotiate wages with the companies (For more, see “Seattle Becomes 1st City to Allow Ride-sharing...

Business - December 14 2015 | 12-11-2015

A federal judge greatly increases the number of drivers who may join a class action lawsuit against the CALIFORNIA -based ridesharing company Uber. U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen’s ruling allows drivers who previously agreed to use arbitration...

Business - December 7 2015 | 12-04-2015

Business in TX The United State Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge to a TEXAS law that requires veterinarians to examine an animal before offering advice or suggesting treatment. The law bars vets from giving advice online without first seeing...

Business - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

Business In New Jersey NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs AB 3580, which bans the sale, possession and distribution of powdered or crystalline alcohol in the Garden State (NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR’S OFFICE). Also in NEW JERSEY , Gov. Christie...

Business - November 9 2015 | 11-06-2015

NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signs SB 4327, which allows Empire State restaurant goers to have their dogs with them at outdoor dining locations, provided the eatery allows it and that the animal does not have to walk through the building to get to the...

Business - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

Business In MA The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2033, legislation that would expand the scope of workplace disfigurement injuries covered under workers' compensation policies to include injuries anywhere on a person's body. The measure...