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January 1996

State labor legislation enacted in 1995

Richard R. Nelson

Child labor regulations, prevailing wages, family leave, and restrictions on employee-leasing firms and on drug and alcohol testing were important issues that were the subject of legislation the past year. State labor legislation enacted in 1995 covered a wide variety of employment standards and included many important laws. Among new laws passed were measures affecting the structure of State labor departments, repealing two private employment agency regulatory laws, and enacting right-to-work measures. Prevailing wage laws also were the subject of major court decisions in three States.

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