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4 POPULAR CITY AND STATE WORKPLACE LAWS FOR 2019 Ë
Cities and states are passing workplace laws so quick- ly that it’s hard for HR professionals to keep up, es- pecially when companies have employees in several
locations. Here are some trending laws for 2019.
1. MINIMUM WAGE
The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 for nearly a
2. PAID SICK LEAVE
decade, but 29 states require a higher rate, according
to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Some states are gradually raising minimum
pay each year until it reaches $15 an hour.
These laws have been popping
3. ‘BAN THE BOX’
up nationally. For example,
must comply with a
statewide law and may
be subject to local ordi-
nances as well.
Thirty-two states and more than 150 cities and counties
have adopted laws or policies that prohibit employers
from asking job candidates about their criminal histories until a certain stage of the hiring process, according to the National Employment Law Project, a worker
advocacy group. Some of those laws apply only to
government entities, but others extend to private-sector
4. PREDICTABLE SCHEDULING
San Francisco enacted a predictable-scheduling law in
2015—the ;rst city to do so—and New York City and Seattle followed suit. Among other things, such legislation
protects workers in certain industries, typically retail
stores and restaurants, and generally requires employers
to give employees two weeks of notice before adjusting
;Lisa Nagele-Piazza, J.D., SHRM-SCP