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February 1, 2010

Around the States

Filed under: HRN News — Tags: 10:41 am

Colorado’s minimum wage will drop slightly ($.03/hour) in 2010— the first decrease in any state’s minimum wage since the federal minimum was adopted in 1938.  Colorado is one of 10 states that base minimum wage on inflation.

Washington’s “Everything But Marriage Law” has taken effect after a November referendum  approved it.  The law seeks to provide registered domestic partnerships (same sex and some opposite sex partners)  the same rights and benefits under state law as accorded traditional marriages. Washington employers should review their benefits programs, policies and practices to ensure compliance with the new law.

A new Cleveland ordinance prohibits businesses from denying employment or housing on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.

The California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (“DLSE”) has issued an opinion letter (DLSE Op. Letter 2009.11.23) stating that while employers can’t deduct an exempt employee’s salary for partial day absences, they can charge employee leave balances.  Previously exempt employees’ leave could only be charged in 4 or more hour increments. The federal Department of Labor has permitted this practice for some time.  This is a great development for California employers.

Effective January 1, 2010, an Oregon law became effective which prohibits employers from requiring employees to attend meetings to learn about the company’s union views.  The law also requires that all Oregon employers post a related notice advising employees of their rights.  Oregon now requires certain employers to have automated defibrillators on site.

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