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State labor legislation enacted in 2000
January, 2001, Vol. 124, No. 1
Richard R. Nelson
The volume of State labor legislation enacted in 2000 was lighter than in recent years. Six State legislatures did not meet in regular session and some States met only for budget purposes.1 Despite this lower volume, there were clusters of activity in some important labor standards areas.
Activity was concentrated in the traditional subjects of minimum wage protection, regulation of child labor, and bans on employment discrimination. Trends continued from previous years with additional States granting employers immunity from civil liability for disclosure of work performance information and authorizing reciprocal agreements for the collection of wage claims. New laws enacted address workplace harassment and violence, and protect whistleblowers. A first-in-the-Nation law enacted places limits on mandatory overtime; also, for the first time, an indexed State minimum wage rate took effect.
This article summarizes significant State labor legislation passed in 2000. It does not, however, cover legislation on occupational safety and health, employment and training, labor relations, employee background clearance, economic development, and local living wage ordinances. Changes in unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation laws appear elsewhere in this issue.
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1 The Arkansas, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, and Texas legislatures did not meet in regular session in 2000. The District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and North Carolina 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, 2000.
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