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January 1995, Vol. 118, No. 1
Richard R. Nelson
T rends in State labor legislation continued in 1994 to provide for drug and alcohol testing of applicants and employees, require licensing or regulation of employee leasing firms, to authorize civil penalties for law violations, and prohibit sexual harassment.1
Other significant developments included major changes in several State prevailing wage laws, elimination of the upper age limit in two age discrimination provisions, and whistleblower protections in several States.
Increases in State minimum wage rates and additional restrictions on child labor, two issues that received major legislative attention in recent years, were addressed in only a few jurisdictions in 1994.
This article does not cover occupational safety and health, employment and training, labor relations, employee background clearance, or economic development legislation. Separate articles on unemployment insurance and workers' compensation appear in this issue of the Monthly Labor Review.
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1 The Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Texas legislatures did not meet in 1994. The Arkansas and North Dakota legislatures met in special sessions only and did not enact labor legislation. Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania did not enact significant legislation in the fields covered by this article. Information about Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands was not received in time to be included in the article, which is based on information received by November 8, 1994.
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