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Discrimination Updates

On June 30, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed legislation (S.B. 43) modifying current unlawful discriminatory practices requiring the adverse decision or action be motivated by a protected criterion. Additionally, the legislation makes the law applicable to an employer, employment agency, labor organization, or place of public accommodation and creates the Whistleblower’s Protection Act.

The law is effective August 28, 2017.

Read MO S.B. 43

Workers’ Compensation Updates

On July 5, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed legislation (S.B. 66) making the following changes to the state’s workers’ compensation law:

  • A shareholder of an S corporation may reject workers’ compensation coverage through a written notice of rejection.
  • Definition of maximum medical improvement.
  • Reduction of workers’ compensation award based on drug use.
  • Termination of disability payments upon voluntary separation.
  • Hearings following termination of workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Death benefits and burial expenses.
  • Line of duty compensation.
  • Trust self-insurers.
  • Discrimination prohibitions.

The law is effective August 28, 2017.

Read MO S.B. 66

Minimum Wage

On June 30, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced he would not sign H.B. 1193 and H.B. 1194 (minimum wage bill) to create a statewide minimum wage. However, the bill will go into law automatically on August 28, 2017 without his signature. Under the new law, no political subdivision may establish, mandate, or otherwise require an employer to provide to an employee either of the following:

  • A minimum or living wage rate.
  • Employment benefits that exceed state laws, rules, or regulations.

This law preempts and nullifies all political subdivision ordinances, rules, and regulations currently in effect, or enacted at a later time, that establish or enforce a minimum or living wage or the provision of employment benefits that exceed state laws, rules, or regulations. Thus, this law nullifies the City of St. Louis minimum wage; effective August 28, 2017, the minimum wage in St. Louis is $7.70 per hour.

Read MO H.B. 1193 and 1194