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January 1993, Vol. 116, No. 1
Richard R. Nelson
T rends in State labor legislation continued in 1992 to further restrict child labor, provide unpaid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child or for the serious illness of a family member, prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace, and ban discrimination because of the use of lawful products outside the workplace.1
Legislation also was enacted conforming with provisions of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act, and in the emerging areas of genetic testing and prohibition of employment discrimination because of sexual orientation. Restrictions on drug testing of workers and increases in State minimum wage rates, two issues that received major legislative attention in recent years, were addressed in only a few jurisdictions in 1992.
This article does not cover occupational safety and health, employment and training, labor relations, employee background clearance, or economic development legislation. Separate articles on unemployment insurance and workers' compensation are published in this issue of the Monthly Labor Review.
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1 The Nevada, North Dakota, and Oregon legislatures did not meet in 1992. The Montana and Texas legislatures met in special sessions only and no labor legislation was enacted. The District of Columbia, Idaho, Kansas, and Maryland did not enact significant legislation in the fields covered by this article. Information about the Virgin Islands was not received in time to be included in the article, which is based on information received by November 4, 1992.
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