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State labor legislation enacted in 1998
January 1999, Vol. 122, No. 1
Richard R. Nelson
A number of major pieces of State labor legislation were adopted in 1998, despite an unusually light volume of enactments.1 The greatest areas of concentration were in the traditional subjects of minimum wage protection, prevailing wage, and the regulation of child labor. Legislation also was enacted on the emerging issue of employee monitoring, and on other contemporary issues such as balancing work and family, granting immunity for disclosure of work performance information, and banning employment discrimination because of genetic test results. Some significant ballot measures and court decisions also have had an impact on employment standards.
This article provides a summary of significant enactments in labor legislation. It does not, however, cover occupational safety and health, employment and training, labor relations, employee background clearance, and economic development legislation. Articles on unemployment insurance and workers compensation appear elsewhere in this issue of the Monthly Labor Review.
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1 Legislatures did not meet in 1998 in Arkansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas. The Oregon legislature met in special session only and did not enact any labor legislation. Colorado, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and the Virgin Islands did not enact significant legislation in the fields covered by this article. Information about Guam was not received in time to be included in the article, which is based on information received by November 6, 1998.
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