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Election roundup for employers: Employment & Labor Insider

Aside from the “pink tsunami” that changed into a “pink trickle” (if that), there have been measures on many state ballots that can have an effect on employers. Listed here are the highlights:


Voters in Nebraska agreed to a proposal to lift the state minimal wage to $15 by 2026. In the District of Columbia, voters agreed to section out the wage for tipped staff and begin paying them the minimal in 2027. As we all know, votes are nonetheless being counted (and counted, and counted, and counted) in Nevada, however that state had a poll initiative to lift the minimal wage to $12 an hour. In response to the newest information stories, we must always know the result by Flag Day or thereabouts. 

Native wage initiatives in California and Maine failed, for essentially the most half. The one exception was Inglewood Metropolis, California, the place voters agreed to require hospitals and clinics within the personal sector to pay a minimal of $25 an hour. A failed initiative in Portland, Maine, would have raised relevant minimal wages, phased out the tip credit score for eating places and different service employers, handled staff for rideshare and supply app firms to be “staff” underneath Portland labor legal guidelines, and would have created a brand new company to implement minimal wage and different protections for staff in these industries.


In Illinois, voters accepted an modification to the state Structure that may give staff a “elementary proper to arrange and to cut price collectively by way of representatives of their very own selecting for the aim of negotiating wages, hours, and dealing circumstances.” (Did not they have already got that proper?) The modification additionally prohibits the state from enacting a regulation that “interferes with, negates, or diminishes the precise of staff to arrange and cut price.”

Tennessee voters went in the wrong way, approving a constitutional modification that makes Tennessee a right-to-work state. Below the Tennessee modification, employers and political subdivisions are prohibited from requiring union membership as a situation of employment. The modification makes it illegal to disclaim or try to deny employment based mostly on a person’s union membership or refusal to hitch a union.


Authorized leisure use of marijuana was on the poll in 5 states however had combined outcomes. The initiatives failed in Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota. They succeeded in Maryland and Missouri.

Picture Credit score: From flickr, Artistic Commons license, by yaquina.


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