State Labor Laws

There are just over 300,000,000 million folks living in 50 states across America. If the unemployment rate is hovering around 9% and you factor in minors, you’re still dealing with well over 200,000,000 people who are working in some kind of job. Other then the self-employed, most of these working folks have labor laws that directly impact their employment. You might not be aware of all the specific codes and regulations that pertain to your job, but it is the responsibility of every legislature to develop their own state’s labor laws.

Every job site is required by law to post labor laws. After that it becomes the responsibility of the worker to read and understand which laws apply to them. The following links provide a quick snapshot of all of the state labor laws. Is your site up to code? Is your boss breaking the law? Find out now.

Wages and Overtime Labor Laws

When you are hired for a job, you should be abundantly clear of what is expected of you. Obviously that includes your salary. If you are hired at an hourly rate for particular amount of time each day then going over that amount constitutes overtime. What are you entitled to with regard to overtime pay? What is the minimum wage for an hour’s work in your state? If you are working part time are you still entitled to overtime pay? It is better if you know the wage and overtime laws before accepting a job and especially before getting your first paycheck.

Maternity Leave Labor Laws

It’s a sad state of affairs that the government had to step in to regulate maternity leave laws. These laws were established to secure your job while providing a specific amount of time allowing you to take care of the newest member of the family. Did you know these laws extend to both moms and dads? They also can apply to newly adopted children or children who are coming to live with you in a resolution of a child custody case.

Your employee could offer extended maternity leave benefits, but there is a specific minimum amount of time you are allowed to take with the guarantee that your job will be waiting for you when you return. That will definitely take some of the pressure off of having a baby!

Minor Labor Laws

There was a time in our nation’s history when children as young as 10 years old were hired to work in deplorable conditions. Fortunately, those days are long gone for Americans. However, that doesn’t mean a young person can’t get a job. The cutoff for child working is 12 years old. However, there are exemptions for work on the family farm. But even mom and dad have to be aware of the various child labor laws when it comes to the amount of work and time of day a child can be employed.

There are some states that require work permits for minors under the age of 18. Most states also have restrictions with regard to different environments that minors can be employed in. For instance, most minors are restricted from working at any job where selling liquor is the primary function of the business.


Labor Law Articles

Alabama Labor Laws

Alabama Maternity Leave By federal law Alabama allows new mothers to take twelve weeks of unpaid maternity leave without the risk of losing a job. Maternity leave protects a woman’s…

Alaska Labor Laws

Alaska Working Environment Laws Working environments are intended to be safe and without displeasure. Alaskan law help keep hostile work environments at bay as well as sexual harassment occasions. These…

Arizona Labor Laws

Arizona Child Labor Laws Through the Fair Labor Standards Act federal law prohibits any child under the age of twelve from working to any degree. Arizona states that this law…

Arkansas Labor Laws

Arkansas Maternity Leave Laws Maternity leave in Arkansas is also known as family leave. Employees are allowed to have twelve consecutive weeks of unpaid leave every year. This leave is…

California Labor Laws

California Minimum Wage The minimum wage rate in California has increased in recent years to be among the highest in the nation. California only trails behind Washington and Oregon for…

Colorado Labor Laws

Colorado Meal Breaks Laws The state of Colorado is one of nineteen other states to posses its own mealtime laws. Because Colorado has its own state laws for workers, no…

Connecticut Labor Laws

Connecticut Minimum Wages The Connecticut minimum wage recently raised to eight dollars and twenty-five cents an hour from the previous eight dollars even. However like other states that raise their…

Delaware Labor Laws

Delaware Meal Laws The United States does not have any federal laws in regards to required mealtime breaks. Because of this thirty-one states do not have required breaks for meals…

Florida Labor Laws

Florida Work Environment Laws United States law stipulates that an individual cannot be discriminated against for employment because of race, gender, country of origin, or age. Despite being hired many…

Georgia Labor Laws

Georgia Vacation Laws The state of Georgia does not have laws in regards to paying an employee for any unused vacation time when he or she has been terminated from…

Hawaii Labor Laws

Hawaii Harassment Laws Any form of unwanted, negative behavior in the workplace is considered harassment, whether it be from an employer, fellow worker, or employee. Harassment can come in different…

Idaho Labor Laws

Idaho Family and Medical Leave The Family and Medical Leave Act allows employees to take necessary leaves of absence for personal reasons and not have the fear of losing their…

Illinois Labor Laws

Illinois Performance Laws Neither the federal government nor the state of Illinois have an inalienable right to allow employees the right to come to work ten to fifteen minutes late….

Indiana Labor Laws

Indiana Holiday Pay The United States does not have a federal law for how holidays should be handled. Because of this no employer is required to pay an employee for…

Iowa Labor Laws

Iowa Maternity Laws The state of Iowa does not have any state level laws in regards to maternity leave. Instead Iowa uses the federal laws of the Family and Medical…

Kansas Labor Laws

Kansas Payment Laws Kansas currently has no state law requiring employers to provide their employees with benefits upon hire or at any time while employed. However some employers may choose…

Kentucky Labor Laws

Kentucky Overtime Laws Kentucky does not have its own state laws for overtime and instead uses those provided by the government. Federal laws state that under the Fair Labor Standards…

Louisiana Labor Laws

Louisiana Holiday Laws Louisiana does not have a law in regards to holiday pay, nor is there a federal law on the subject. This means that employers are not required…

Maine Labor Laws

Maine Meal Laws Unlike most other states, Maine has its own laws for how meal breaks are to be handled. Most states use federal laws in regards to meal breaks,…

Maryland Labor Laws

Maryland Leave Laws The state of Maryland does not have its own laws for personal leave purposes. Instead Maryland uses federal laws for medical and family leave. The Family and…

Maryland Labor Laws

Maryland Leave Laws The state of Maryland does not have its own laws for personal leave purposes. Instead Maryland uses federal laws for medical and family leave. The Family and…

Massachusetts Labor Laws

Massachusetts Sick Laws Neither federal law nor laws for the state of Massachusetts require employers to pay employees for any days off for the reason of illness. Massachusetts also does…

Michigan Labor Laws

Michigan Maternity Laws Michigan does not have its own laws in regards to maternity leave but rather uses two kinds of federal laws to protect employees. It is illegal for…

Minnesota Labor Laws

Minnesota Holiday Laws Despite popular belief no federal law states that employees be required to have holidays off from work. Employers are also not required to allow employees to be…

Minnesota Labor Laws

Minnesota Holiday Laws Despite popular belief no federal law states that employees be required to have holidays off from work. Employers are also not required to allow employees to be…

Mississippi Labor Laws

Mississippi Meal Laws The state of Mississippi currently does not have laws mandating that employees be given breaks for meals. The United States also does not have a law in…

Missouri Labor Laws

Missouri Family and Medical Leave The state of Missouri does not have its own laws in regards to family or medical leave. Instead Missouri used the federal law of the…

Montana Labor Laws

Montana Minimum Wage In 2009 the United States raised its federal minimum wage to seven dollars and twenty-five cents. This change required each state to raise its minimum wage to…

Nebraska Labor Laws

Nebraska Payment Laws All wages to be paid are based on the amount of time an employee works. This is regulated by the Fair Labor Standards Act and requires that…

Nevada Labor Laws

Nevada Payment Laws In Nevada, employers are only required to pay their employees for the amount of time worked. No state law currently exists that requires employers to pay employees…

New Hampshire Labor Laws

New Hampshire Holiday Pay The state of New Hampshire currently does not require that employers provide holiday pay or holiday vacation for their employees. The federal government also does not…

New Jersey Labor Laws

New Jersey Holiday Laws Despite having federal holidays, no federal law or New Jersey state law requires employers to allow employees off for holidays. Many businesses and companies may allow…

New Mexico Labor Laws

Labor laws in New Mexico tend to favor the business over the individual. There are no laws that require an employer to give any kind of break (coffee, lunch or…

New York Labor Laws

New York Maternity Leave Federal law does not allow employees to be laid off due to necessity of leave. Under New York state law and federal law, employees are entitled…

North Carolina Labor Laws

North Carolina Medical and Family Leave North Carolina does not have a state law mandating leave for medical or family purposes. Instead North Carolina used the federal Family and Medical…

North Dakota Labor Laws

North Dakota Minimum Wage Before the federal government increased the federal minimum wage to seven dollars and twenty-five cents an hour, the state of North Dakota had a state minimum…

Ohio Labor Laws

Ohio Time Off The state of Ohio does not have a law in regards to requiring that employees receive paid time off. However companies and businesses may offer this benefit…

Oklahoma Labor Laws

Oklahoma Minimum Wage As the federal minimum wage increased in 2009, Oklahoma increased its minimum wage to seven dollars and twenty-five cents — the federal minimum — from six dollars…

Oregon Labor Laws

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, or BOLI, govern all labor laws in the state. BOLI works to protect the rights of workers, ensure non-discriminatory treatment and enforce compliance…

Pennsylvania Labor Laws

Pennsylvania Paid Leave Pennsylvania law allows employers the opportunity to count paid leave towards the twelve weeks that are given each year. These twelve weeks are unpaid leave for family…

Rhode Island Labor Laws

Rhode Island Leave Rather than create its own laws in regards to family and medical leave, Rhode Island chose to use the federal act under the Family and Medical Leave…

South Dakota Labor Laws

South Dakota Maternity Laws South Dakota does not have any form of state level maternity leave. Instead South Dakota relies on federal maternity laws to regulate time. The Family and…

Tennessee Labor Laws

Family Leave Instead of created its own law in regards to personal, family, or medical leave, the state of Tennessee uses federal law set for the entire nation. In 1993…

Texas Labor Laws

Texas Sick Leave Laws There is currently no law that requires employers to provided paid sick live for employees. Attempts to pass a bill through Congress have been made as…

Utah Labor Laws

Utah is a beautiful state to live and work in. When it comes to work there are two agencies that oversee labor laws. The Department of Workforce Services handles government…

Vermont Labor Laws

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Virginia Labor Laws

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Washington DC Labor Laws

DC Employment Wages Despite the District of Columbia not being a state, it still has many “state” laws that it uses outside of federal laws. Some of these laws include…

Washington Labor Laws

Washington or the state of Washington, as it is often called to avoid confusion with Washington D.C., is in the Northwest region of the United States. Over 60% of the…

West Virginia Labor Laws

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Wisconsin Labor Laws

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Wyoming Labor Laws

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