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Stay on Top of Changes to State Labor Laws

Stay on Top of Changes to State Labor Laws

By: Melanie Berkowitz, Esq.

Now that you have a handle on your requirements under Federal employment law, take a few minutes to review state labor laws. 

Every state has its own labor laws that work in tandem with their Federal counterparts. 

In most cases, if a state’s law is more generous to employees than the Federal law (such as a state that has a higher minimum wage), the state law will trump the Federal law. 

Laws that have seen changes by some states recently include the following: 

  • Independent contractor rules — see your state’s Department of Labor website to make sure you are classifying and treating your independent contractors correctly. Louisiana and New Hampshire are two states that have recently changed their laws regarding independent contractors.
  • Anti-discrimination laws that protect more groups than Federal law — see your state’s Fair Employment Action Agency website.

Read more: Employment Law: Small Business Updates