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January 1994, Vol. 117, No. 1
Richard R. Nelson
S tate labor legislation enacted in 1993 covered a wide variety of employment standards and included several significant laws.1
Trends continued with legislation addressing recent issues concerning restrictions on employee leasing, regulation of drug, alcohol, and genetic testing, and prohibitions on sexual harassment and discrimination due to sexual orientation.
Legislation also was enacted in more traditional areas, including increases in State minimum wage rates, restrictions on child labor, and prohibitions on discrimination because of disability. State legislation concerning parental leave, which had been adopted in several States during the last few years, was limited mostly this year to legislation that made previous laws conform to Federal legislation enacted early in 1993. In addition, four States authorized the State labor departments to enter into reciprocal agreements with the labor department or corresponding agency of other States to collect wage claims and judgments.
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 Kentucky Legislature met in special sessions; no labor legislation was enacted. Alabama, Guam, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin did not enact significant legislation in the fields covered by this article. Information about Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands was not received in time to be included in the article, which is based on information received by November 1, 1993.
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