January 2000, Vol. 123, No. 1
State labor legislation enacted in 1999Richard R. Nelson
State labor legislation enacted in 1999 covered a wide variety of employment standards and included several significant laws.1 Minimum wage rates were increased in a number of States, major revisions were made to prevailing wage laws, garment industry regulation laws were strengthened, and additional States restricted door-to-door sales by children. Trends continued with laws adopted banning employment discrimination on the basis of genetic testing and sexual orientation and laws providing immunity from liability for providing information regarding a person’s job performance. Laws also were enacted in the emerging areas of regulating electronic surveillance in the workplace, providing leave to employees for participating in school-related activities, and permitting time off for victims of crime.
This article summarizes significant labor legislation passed in 1999. It does not, however, cover legislation on occupational safety and health, employment and training, labor relations, employee background clearance, and economic development. Articles on unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation appear elsewhere in this issue.
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1 The Kentucky legislature did not meet in 1999. The District of Columbia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Puerto Rico did not enact significant legislation in the fields covered by this article. Information about Guam and the Virgin Islands was not received in time to be included in the article, which is based on information received by November 10, 1999.
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