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July 28, 2010

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Filed under: General HR Buzz1:49 pm

The Illinois minimum wage rates increased to $8.25 on July 1, 2010.  Employers may pay new employees $7.75 per hour during their first 90 days of employment.

Effective July 2, 2010, Ohio employers with 50 or more employees must provide two weeks of unpaid leave for an employee who is the spouse, parent, or a person who has or had custody of a member of the uniformed services when that member is deployed or injured. (Ohio Military Family Leave Act). On June 23, 2010, the Tennessee Human Rights Act was amended to allow English-only policies in the workplace under certain circumstances.   All employers, whether in Tennessee or elsewhere, should be very cautious in implementing any English only policies, which must be narrowly crafted.

The Kansas Indoor Clean Air Act, which prohibits smoking in enclosed public and workplaces, became effective on July 1st, 2010.
New Jersey employers must conspicuously post a revised   MW-17 Wage Payment poster (found at: http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/forms_pdfs/lsse/mw-17.pdf) by July 13th, 2010.  Employers must also provide employees a hard copy of the NJDOL’s prepared notice about the law, after it’s issued by the NJDOL.

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