A bill (S2496) recently was introduced that would establish the “Back to Work NJ Program.” The program is designed to encourage qualified employers to take on eligible unemployed New Jersey residents for a maximum of 24 hours per week for up to six weeks of unpaid, on-the-job training. During the period of on-the-job training, the trainee will continue to be eligible for unemployment benefits as well as up to $100 per week to help with costs related to taking part in the program (e.g., transportation, clothing, child care, etc.). The bill also sets forth detailed requirements for employers and individuals who wish to participate in the program.
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.
This being a presidential election year, the topic of the “right” of political expression in the workplace is of particular interest. Moreover, given that this year represents the first real opportunity for the election of an African American for President or a woman as Vice President, there are particularly strong feelings among the electorate, including
On March 27, 2017, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued a proposed rule to delay the effective date for its Final Rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines from May 23, 2017, to July 24, 2017.