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 As of Jan. 1, 2007, the minimum wage in New York state is $7.15. The Division of Labor Standards in the state Department of Labor administers the law ...

Illinois employees have enhanced leave options in addition to their rights under the federal FMLA. Employers with 50 or more employees are subject to Illinois’ School Visitation Rights Act, the Victims’ Economic Security and Safety Act and the Employee Blood Donation Leave Act. Also, employers with at least 15 employees must comply with the Illinois Family Military Leave Act ...

In addition to complying with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, California employers must wade through a maze of the state's leave laws, ranging from paid family leave for a serious health condition to time off for school visitations and emergency rescue duty ...

While all Michigan employers with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius are subject to the federal FMLA, they must also grant time off as a reasonable accommodation under the state’s Persons With Disabilities Civil Rights Act (PWDCRA) ...

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act covers all employers in the state and provides wage replacement for employees hurt on the job. The law provides payments to employees regardless of fault. That is, to earn benefits, injured employees don’t have to prove that their employers were negligent; they need only prove that the injury occurred at work. Sounds simple, right? It’s not ...

The New Jersey Family Leave Act provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave every 24 months for employees of any New Jersey company that has 50 or more employees anywhere worldwide. The law covers employees if they’ve worked for their organization for at least one year and clocked at least 1,000 hours during the preceding 12 months ...

Ohio’s workers’ compensation system protects employees who are injured on the job by replacing lost wages while they recover. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (www.ohiobwc.com/) administers the law. The system works as a no-fault guarantee ...

The Pennsylvania Child Labor Act restricts employers’ ability to hire minors. Children ages 12 to 14 can work as golf caddies (within certain restrictions), and children ages 14 to 16 can work during nonschool hours. Youth under age 18 may not work more than six consecutive days ...

Under the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), it’s illegal to subject people to differential treatment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status (with regard to employment), age (40 and over), marital status, familial status (with regard to housing), arrest record, physical or mental disability, military status, sexual orientation or unfavorable discharge from military service ...

Local governments in Florida can, and sometimes do, legislate what employers can and can’t do within their jurisdictions. For example, since the Florida Civil Rights Act contains no protections against discrimination based on sexual preference, some local governments have adopted ordinances to address the issue ...