November 7 2016
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The NEW HAMPSHIRE House passes SB 207, so-called "paycheck equity" legislation that would prohibit employers from making people sign agreements not to disclose their salaries as a condition of employment and extends to three years the time workers have to file claims of pay discrimination after learning of gender-based inequity. It moves to Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) for review (FOSTER'S DAILY DEMOCRAT). • MINNESOTA Gov. Mark Dayton (D) signs SB 1740, legislation making the Gopher State the first to require smartphones to have a kill switch that allows the owner to disable it should the phone be stolen. The law goes into effect July 1, 2015 (STATE NET, MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE). • The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 962, which would require smartphones sold in the Golden State to also have kill switches. It moves to the Assembly (LOS ANGELES TIMES). • Back in MINNESOTA, Gov. Dayton signs a nine-bill package that collectively requires state contractors to certify that they pay women and men equally for similar jobs, extends parental leave to 12 weeks and requires employers to accommodate the needs of pregnant workers and those who have recently given birth (MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE). • The MASSACHUSETTS Senate approves SB 2132, which would create a bill of rights for home caregivers, including nannies and other domestic workers. The measure, which would among several things codify that domestic workers are eligible for government services and benefits such as unemployment insurance, workers compensation and minimum wage protections, moves to the House (BOSTON GLOBE, STATE NET). • The ILLINOIS House approves SB 2937, which broadens the state's regulations on the use of drones to include those put in use by private parties. It moves to Gov. Pat Quinn (D) for review (STATE NET, WICS.COM [SPRINGFIELD]). • The LOUISIANA House gives final approval to HB 746, a bill that would ban anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed. It moves to Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), who is expected to sign it (TIMES-PICAYUNE [NEW ORLEANS]). • Also in LOUISIANA, the House approves HB 340, which would bar employers and universities from demanding access to social media, personal email and other online accounts. It moves to Gov. Jindal for review (ADVOCATE [BATON ROUGE]). • The NEW JERSEY Senate approves SB 1440, which would bar employers from requiring job applicants to already be employed. It moves to the Assembly (STAR-LEDGER [NEWARK]). • The DELAWARE House approves HB 241, a bill that would ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. It moves to Gov. Jack Markell (D), who is expected to sign it (DELAWARE STATE NEWS [DOVER).