Tennessee Expands Mandatory E-Verify

Having amended its mandatory E-Verify law back in May when Governor Bill Lee signed HB 1853 into law, the state of Tennessee will require all private employers with at least 35 employees to use E-Verify and maintain E-Verify case results effective January 1, 2023. Currently, the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act, (TLEA) adopted in 2017 only…

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Trio of New Employment Laws

A trio of new laws took effect on July 1 in the state of Tennessee of which employers in the Volunteer State need to be aware. The laws address race-based discrimination, Veteran’s Day and the physical or mental deficiencies of workers. First off, the Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act…

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Equal Pay Act, Family Leave in Effect

Tennessee wasn’t alone implementing new laws on July 1, as two of its neighbors to the south also added new employment laws. The newly enacted Equal Pay Act in Mississippi became effective on the 1st of this month making the Magnolia State the last in the nation to enact a pay equity law. Under its…

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Tennessee Lowers E-Verify Threshold

Early last month, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed HB 1853 into law and when he did, the threshold for mandatory use of the E-Verify system by private employers in the Volunteer State dropped from 50 to 35 employees. Effective on January 1, 2023, all employers in Tennessee with 35 or more employees will be required…

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Georgia Preempts Scheduling Laws

Under the category of an ounce of prevention, the state of Georgia has preempted local laws that would mandate employers meet certain scheduling parameters. Governor Brian Kemp signed S.B. 331 into law and it became effective on May 5, 2022. The law precludes local governments from enacting laws regulating work hours, scheduling or employee output…

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Pay Equity Runs the Table, Finally!

With Governor Tate Reeves adding his signature earlier last week, the state of Mississippi became the 50th and final state to add a pay equity law to its books. The new Mississippi law (HB. 770), which takes effect on July 1, 2022, prohibits employers from paying “an employee a wage at a rate less than…

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An Update on Minimum Wages

Legislation has been approved by the Hawaiian Senate – and a slightly different version was given preliminary approval in the House – both of which will kick up the minimum wage in the Aloha State to $18/hour over the next few years. Currently, the state minimum is $10.10 per hour, but that will change rather…

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What’s Brewing: Spring Regulations, Innovations & Automation, Unions, AB5 challenge

For two years, Dunkin’ franchisees have had to operate under unprecedented regulatory conditions due to the pandemic – from mandatory store shutdowns to proof-of-vaccination orders. But could the regulatory nightmare finally be coming to an end? It sure looks like it, based on political and coronavirus-immunity trends of late. Still, there will be no shortage…

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Unemployment in a Mandate Maze

In the chaos that results from conflicting vaccine mandates (federal, state & local) and some prohibitions thereof, the business community is left with little direction as to how to operate. As an case in point, at least four states – currently Florida, Iowa, Kansas and Tennessee – have enacted laws in recent weeks that allow…

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