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50 Employment Laws in 50 States

50 Employment Laws in 50 States

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50 Employment Laws in 50 States

The only at-a-glance reference volume that explains employer obligations under 50+ employment laws, for each of the 50 United States.

50 Employment Laws in 50 States is a compilation of brief summaries of state laws along with their Canadian counterparts on the most important areas of employment law. Each section begins with a question about a specific aspect of employment law — for example, state requirements that exceed federal law, wage and hour requirements, or areas where states typically differ widely from each other. The "answers" are presented state by state. The "answers" are provided by members of the Employers Counsel Network (ECN), a BLR®-sponsored organization linking top employment law practitioners at leading firms in each of the 50 states and Canada.

Buyers' Benefit: You are enrolling in an automatic update program and will receive annual updates sent on a 90-day approval basis and billed separately. You may cancel this automatic update program at any time.

Published: February 2021

ISBN: 978-1-64535-099-6 

50 Employment Laws in 50 States

Now you can INSTANTLY discover your legal obligations under the 50 most important employment laws in each of the 50 states.

50 Employment Laws in 50 States, 2021 Edition is the revolutionary guidebook that puts ALL the most need-to-know employment law information — for each of the 50 states — right at your fingertips.

Imagine the time and frustration you'll save with this authoritative, instant-information reference. In just seconds, you'll zero in on the precise information you need whenever you must:

  • Create a new policy
  • Verify the compliance of an existing policy
  • Expand your operations
  • Audit your procedures
  • Support recommendations to senior management
  • Advise colleagues at field offices, branches, and stores.
  • Stay comfortably up-to-date with increasingly complicated state employment laws
  • Online password privacy

This quick-reference guide puts the expertise of the nationwide Employers Counsel Network right at your fingertips. The top-flight attorneys in the Network focus almost exclusively on defending employers and write the Employment Law Letter for their state. They have applied their valuable time and resources to making this side-by-side comparison of employer obligations the definitive reference.

With 50 Employment Laws in 50 States, 2021 Edition, you get the exact guidance you need whenever you need to understand ANY state law concerning:


  • Family and medical leave
  • Benefits for same-sex partners and common-law spouses
  • Final paycheck
  • Vacation/sick pay
  • Overtime
  • Workers' comp
  • AIDS testing
  • Polygraph testing
  • Genetic testing
  • Drug-alcohol testing
  • Off-duty conduct
  • Tobacco use on the job
  • Weapons
  • Personnel files
  • Whistleblowing
  • Plant closings
  • Meal and rest breaks
  • Health insurance continuation
  • References
  • Preemployment inquiries
  • New hire reporting
  • Affirmative action
  • Background checks
  • Credit reports
  • Arrests and convictions
  • Pregnancy leave
  • Small necessities leave
  • Voting leave
  • Jury duty leave
  • Military leave
  • Employee privacy
  • Social security numbers
  • Unemployment comp
  • Domestic violence leave
  • Employment at will
  • Child labor
  • Labor organizations
  • Organizing by public employees
  • Noncompete agreements
  • Wage payment
  • Minimum wage
  • Payment of commissions
  • Garnishment
  • Wage deductions
  • Direct deposit
  • Required posters
  • Safety
  • Breastfeeding
  • Title VII equivalents
  • Other discrimination and harassment laws
  • State and local equal employment opportunity laws
  • Vaping and e-cigarettes


Automatic Updates Keep Your Guide Current

Buyers' Benefit: You are enrolling in an automatic update program and will receive annual updates sent on a 90-day approval basis and billed separately. You may cancel this automatic update program at any time.

Your Editor and Contributors

50 Employment Laws in 50 States is prepared by leading attorneys, many of them members of the Employers Counsel Network, a nationwide affiliation of prestigious law firms representing management in employment law matters. Their contributions are edited by Celeste Duke.

Celeste BlackburnCeleste Duke, SPHR, is the Editor of a number of BLR publications. She has written about human resources for a variety of publications, including Basic Training for Supervisors and Frontline Supervision.

She has written and edited a series of white papers covering employment trends and developments and manages the editorial content for BLR’s online training.

Before coming to BLR, she was the business editor for The Daily Herald in Columbia, Tennessee. Celeste earned her bachelor’s degree from David Lipscomb University and a master’s from Middle Tennessee State University, where she also taught writing.

Following is a list of those who were most instrumental in the completion of this book. We thank them for their continued perseverance in this project.

  • Alabama: Lehr Middlebrooks & Vreeland, P.C.
  • Alaska: Perkins Coie LLP
  • Arizona: Gonzalez Law, LLC
  • Arkansas: Jack Nelson Jones, P.A.
  • California: Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP
  • Colorado: Holland & Hart LLP
  • Connecticut: Carlton Fields
  • Delaware: Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
  • Florida: The Law and Mediation Offices of G. Thomas Harper, LLC
  • Georgia: FordHarrison LLP and Taylor English Duma LLP
  • Hawaii: Cades Schutte LLP
  • Idaho: Greener Burke Shoemaker Oberrecht, P.A.
  • Illinois: FordHarrison LLP
  • Indiana: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
  • Iowa: Davis Brown Law Firm
  • Kansas: Foulston Siefkin LLP
  • Kentucky: Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Louisiana: Jones Walker
  • Maine: Brann & Isaacson
  • Maryland: Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.
  • Massachusetts: Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.
  • Michigan: The Murray Law Group, P.C.
  • Minnesota: Felhaber Larson
  • Mississippi: The Kullman Firm
  • Missouri: Armstrong Teasdale LLP
  • Montana: Ritchie Manning LLP
  • Nebraska: Erickson | Sederstrom, P.C.
  • Nevada: Morris Clark Hill
  • New Hampshire: Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA.
  • New Jersey: Day Pitney LLP
  • New Mexico: Kelleher & McCleod, P.A.
  • New York: Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. and Coughlin & Gerhart, LLP
  • North Carolina: Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC
  • North Dakota: Vogel Law Firm
  • Ohio: Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
  • Oklahoma: McAfee & Taft
  • Oregon: Perkins Coie LLP
  • Pennsylvania: Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
  • Rhode Island: Whelan, Corrente, Flanders, Kinder & Siket LLP
  • South Carolina: McNair Law Firm, P.A.
  • South Dakota: Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C.
  • Tennessee: Butler Snow LLP
  • Texas: Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP
  • Utah: Kirton McConkie
  • Vermont: Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C.
  • Virginia: DiMuroGinsberg, P.C.
  • Washington: Perkins Coie LLP
  • West Virginia: Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
  • Wisconsin: Axley Brynelson, LLP
  • Wyoming: Holland & Hart LLP

  • Federal: Fortney & Scott, LLC
  • Canada: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP