State Labor Laws
State labor laws are linked below by state. They are provided on the Web by each state's legislative branch of government or other organizations authorized by same.
About State Labor Laws
States may simply adopt Federal labor laws "as is" or they may establish their own that include or expand the minimum protections afforded by the Federal equivalents. Federal labor laws set only the minimum provisions in the states.
Generally, your employee rights are protected by whichever laws—Federal or state—have the better provisions. However, states may also establish their own labor laws for which there are no Federal equivalents.
Although state labor laws typically deal with employer-union relationships and state employment laws typically deal with employer-employee relationships, the terms are interchangeable in common usage. State labor laws as the most common usage to represent both. State employment and labor laws are created by acts and enforced by regulations.
Both state employment and labor laws are included in the links below. However, the Web sites linked below might not call them state employment laws or state labor laws, as those are general terms. Instead, they might call them code, statutes or some variation of those terms (e.g., Revised Statutes, meaning current) and list them under various sections (e.g., chapters or titles), such as Labor and Industry.
Be sure to check for related sections too, because many states split their employment and labor laws into separate sections, such as Workers' Compensation, Health and Safety or Civil Rights (including employment discrimination laws).
State Labor Law Links
In most cases, each link below leads to a "main page" for all laws in the state indicated, instead of directly to employment or labor laws. That's because, as previously mentioned, some states split their employment and labor laws into separate sections from which you must choose, starting at a main page.
Additionally, the main pages often include other useful links, such as to rules, regulations, court cases and new legislative bills related to state labor laws.
State labor laws can be difficult to understand because they're written in legalese. So, you might want to also visit the Web site of the state labor department (if not already linked below) or another relevant, state government office. Some explain state labor laws and related rules, regulations and such. See also State Labor Law Research.
If the Web is of little help in understanding a state labor law, consider consulting a lawyer, especially to discover whether or not your employee rights were violated under the law or a related rule or regulation.
"State labor laws" are also available online for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.