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January 1988

State labor laws: changes during 1987

Richard R. Nelson

Major labor laws were enacted on a variety of subjects, including minimum wage, employment discrimination, parental leave, drug testing, and wrongful discharge. There was considerable minimum wage activity in 1987 with hourly minimum wage rates increased through new legislation or administrative action for all employers in nine States (Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Texas, and Wisconsin) and for certain occupations in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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