Paychex, a company that provides integrated human capital management solutions for payroll and HR services, recently highlighted the top employer regulations moving forward across the country in state and local governments.
"The [President Donald] Trump administration is actively moving forward with its plans to create a more business-friendly environment," Martin Mucci, Paychex president and CEO, said in a statement. "Part of that agenda is the reduction of current regulations impacting employers. With the intent of advancing worker protections, state and local governments are responding, ushering in a new wave of employer-facing regulations."
Five regulatory issues being discussed in state and local governments are equal pay laws and salary history restrictions, paid leave laws, health care reform, state retirement plans and payroll cards.
States are concerned about gender-based pay discrimination. They also are often pushing forward paid sick leave laws because progress has stalled at the federal level and are attempting to shore up their insurance markets due the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act.
Nine states have passed legislation to create individual retirement plans, and others are looking at introducing rules governing payroll cards, an increasingly popular method of paying workers.