Labor Law Act

The 2007 labor Act was enacted in the same year. The issues which the Act addressed as posited by (Fitzpatrick & Perrine, 2008) included ensuring payment of wages to the workers, setting minimum wage, availing equal opportunity in employment, prevailing wages, giving employees time off, addressing the issue of alcohol and drug testing, the privacy of the workers and child labor. This were the issues focused on, during the amendment of the legislation. Fitzpatrick and Perrine, were the people in charge of enacting the legislation.

Fitzpatrick is in charge the of the states performance office, Budget, Liaison department, hour and wage division, Administration of employment standards and the U. S Labor Department. He acts as the team leader. Perrine is a specialist in compliance with the state standards in the office which Fitzpatrick works. The two mentioned above have the responsibility to report any changes that are done on the labor laws, when the hour and Division Department in the US tracks the different categories of legislations on labor as well as reporting any new laws that may fall in the category, or any amendments which the state enacts.

According to Viollis and Decker (2005) the year 2007 tracked 30 categories of labor legislations which included child labor, agriculture, state labor departments, the employees discharge, alcohol and drug testing, equalizing opportunity in the area of employment, leasing by the employer, employment agencies, issues that take place in the family, protection of workers who are handicapped, genetic testing, trafficking of human beings, protections of the immigrants, off site work, living wages, overtime, closing of plant, the right of a worker to work, time off, the prevailing wages, wages paid, protections of whistle blower, the private life of a worker and security at the work place. According to Fitzpatrick and Perrine (2008) Regular meetings held by the state legislatures influenced a big number of enactments of the legislation in the year 2007.

The reports on the monthly newspaper, in 2008 stated that, the state labor legislation was enacted by various states such as New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Oregon, Arizona, North Carolina and Texas among others enacted more than above the average of of the enacted pieces of legislations which were labor related. The legislation on minimum-wage was the most focused issue in the 2007 enactment. Vollis and Decker (2005) posited that, this was due to the increase in minimum wage in the federal government. From the 24th of July the year 2007 the minimum wage in the federal government was increased to 5. 85 US dollars per hour. The set minimum wages were raised to 6. 55 US dollars per hour effective from 2008, July 24. The amount will also be increased to 7. 25 US dollars per hour effective from 2009, July 24.

Due to the increase of the minimum wage by the federal government, more states which had set their minimum wages above the federal government made new enactments increasing the minimum wage. New Mexico laws and stated that no county, town, city, political division or municipality, shall continue to effect any ordinances or laws which allowed the payment of a minimum pay higher than what is provided in the Act stipulating the minimum wage. According to Zachary (2008) Arizona increased their minimum wage rates to US dollars 5. 85 to be paid per hour. This was similar to the amount that had been raised in the federal government, and would also go along with the 2008 and 2009 increments on the minimum wage.