State legislatures continue their parade to ban this or that from the business toolbox and this week we have 2 more with Delaware and New Jersey. Delaware Governor John Carney signed a new plastic bag ban on Monday of this week, making Delaware the 4th state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. The new law, which takes effect in January of 2021, provides exemptions for some business interests in that it only applies to stores with more than 7,000 square feet of retail space and chain stores with 3 or more location of at least 3,000 square feet each. Violations are subject to $500 penalties for a first violation, $1,000 for a second and $2,000 for each subsequent violation. With New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on vacation last week, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver signed into law a ban on employers asking job applicants for their salary history. As with many of the other 16 states that ban asking about past salaries, the New Jersey law will allow employers to consider salary history in determining wages only when an employee voluntarily provides the information. Also in New Jersey, a task force created by the Governor last year (Misclassification Task Force) to examine employee misclassification (as independent contractors) issued its report a few weeks ago. The task force issued a number of recommendations such as creating a hotline, webpage and email reporting system and requiring additional notices being posted on employee rights. Furthermore, the task force calls for additional penalties on employers for misclassifications including criminal liability as well as fine of $5,000 for each 10 day period of non-compliance.