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January 2011, Vol. 134, No. 1
State labor legislation enacted in 2010
John J. Fitzpatrick, Jr., James L. Perine, Bridget Dutton, and Kenneth Floyd
John J. Fitzpatrick, Jr., is the State Standards Team Leader in the Office of Performance, Budget, and Departmental Liaison, Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor; James L. Perine is a compliance specialist on the State Standards Team; and Bridget Dutton and Kenneth Floyd are compliance specialists who were assigned to the team. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Drug and alcohol testing, equal employment opportunity, human trafficking, immigration legislation, independent contractors, time off, wages paid, and worker privacy were among the most active areas for lawmakers, who enacted new legislation or implemented legislation that revised State statutes or regulations during the year.
The areas of drug and alcohol testing in the workplace, equal employment opportunity, human trafficking, immigration legislation, independent contractors, time off from work, wages paid, and worker privacy were among the most active areas of legislation that was enacted during the individual sessions of the State legislatures in 2010. Legislative activity in those areas and in more than 20 additional ones resulted in the enactment of legislation that amended or revised current State statutes or regulations during the course of the year.
This year’s report on State labor legislation has been modified from those of the past. First, the timeframe covered by the report has been changed. In the past, the article reported on legislation enacted between December 1 of one year and November 30 of the next year. This year, the report will cover the period between December 1 and September 30. In the future, the report will cover the period between October 1 of one year and September 30 of the next year. Second, although the two-part narrative still exists, it has been supplemented with exhibit 1 at the end of the article. This exhibit is a listing of the bill numbers of the enacted legislation, by labor legislation category tracked by the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. Each bill number is located in a cell that is the intersection of a State (row) and a category of legislation (column). It is hoped that this format will enable readers more easily to perform research on a particular piece of legislation. The exhibit also provides information on the number of pieces of legislation that have been enacted in each category tracked.
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