August 28, 2017 / 9:37 PM / a year ago

State-level preemption of local labor standards booming - report

State legislatures are increasingly using preemption laws to block local-level measures to set higher minimum-wage levels, require paid sick leave and other workplace ordinances, according to a study by a left-leaning think tank.

Fifteen states have passed 27 laws to preempt local labor and employment standards since the beginning of 2016, the Economic Policy Institute said in a study released on Saturday. States had passed 49 such laws in the previous 20 years, the report said.

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