On February 22, 2011, a bill designated as “The New Jersey Jobs Protection Act” (S2733) was introduced to the Senate. If passed, the bill would require employers to use the federal “E-Verify” system to confirm a new hire’s employment eligibility within 90 days of the date of hire. In addition, an employer that knowingly employs an unauthorized alien would be subject to: 1) a monetary fine of $10,000 for each unauthorized alien they employ; and 2) monitored probation for three years. Violators also would face increased penalties for additional violations. Proof that the employee is eligible to work under the E-Verify system would create a rebuttable presumption that the employer did not intentionally or knowingly employ an unauthorized alien.
On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters will decide on the “Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative,” known as Proposition 206. The purpose of Prop. 206 is twofold: (1) to increase Arizona’s minimum wage from $8.05 per hour in 2016 to $12.00 per hour by the year 2020 (with a nearly $2.00 per hour boost starting on January 1, 2017), and (2) to require that employers provide paid sick time to employees.
Construction Contracts Must Now Include Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Language to Receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Funds
On January 18, 2010, a bill (A4323) was signed into law (P.L.2009, c.335) requiring all construction contracts entered into and funded, in whole or in part, by the state of New Jersey to include mandatory equal employment opportunity and affirmative action contract language that requires contractors to make a good faith effort to recruit and
As expected, the Uniform State Labor Standards Act (H.F. No. 600)—a Minnesota bill to preempt local employment law ordinances, including the Minneapolis and St. Paul safe and sick leave ordinances—passed in the state House of Representatives on March 2, 2017, by a 76–53 margin. All Republican members of the chamber who were present supported the measure, and they were joined by two Democrats.