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Effective July 1, 2007, employers must pay workers the Illinois minimum wage of $7.50 per hour. The minimum wage applies to all workers except ...

As of Jan. 1, 2007, California employers must pay a state minimum wage of $7.50 per hour, which increases to $8 per hour on Jan. 1, 2008. The minimum wage applies to all workers except ...

In March 2006, the Michigan legislature passed a new minimum wage law, but then amended it in August to address concerns that the new rate would entitle large segments of Michigan’s work force to overtime pay ...

No specific Texas law allows private-sector employees access to their workplace personnel files, but the Texas Public Information Act does provide that right to public employees ...

As a component of welfare reform, the U.S. Congress passed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in 1996. The law requires employers to track employees to expedite child-support payments. To bring the state into federal compliance, Georgia passed its New Hire Reporting Law to collect such data on employees ...

In Pennsylvania, employers must allow employees (or their designated agents) to inspect their personnel files upon reasonable request. The law applies only to actual employees, not to ex-employees or applicants who want to look at their application files ...

As of Oct. 1, 2006, the minimum wage in New Jersey is $7.15 per hour ($1.30 per hour higher than the new federal minimum wage effective July 24, 2007). For full-time college students, employers may pay as little as 85 percent of the minimum wage ...

Under the Ohio Fair Employment Practices Act (OFEPA), it’s illegal to subject people to differential treatment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or ancestry. The OFEPA prohibits unlawful discrimination in employment and access to places of public accommodation ...

 

Florida’s unemployment compensation law, like that of many other states, provides temporary payments to employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. The law is complex and in some cases holds employers liable for unemployment insurance payments even when former employees weren’t fired but quit their jobs ...

Pennsylvania regulates—and in some cases prohibits—industrial homework, which the Industrial Homework Act defines as “any manufacture in a home of articles or materials for an employer, representative contractor or contractor.” In other words, no in-home sweatshops are allowed in Pennsylvania ...