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Missouri Supreme Court Gives Early Holiday Present to Easter Seals

It’s time for our annual holiday season blog on the status of arbitration agreement enforceability in Missouri. Last year we brought you “Missouri Supreme Court Punts Two Lawsuits in a Row, on Direct Flights to Arbitration,” which discussed two recent Supreme Court of Missouri decisions. One of those cases was State ex rel. Pinkerton v. Fahnestock, holding the incorporation of the American Arbitration Association’s (AAA) arbitration rules—and the delegation clause in those rules—would delegate threshold questions about contract enforceability to the arbitrator.

The New Missouri Minimum Wage: What Employers Need to Know by January 1

Missouri voters have been heard: the state’s minimum wage is on the rise. On November 6, 2018, Missouri voters approved Proposition B, a measure that proposed an increase to the current state minimum wage of $7.85 per hour. The minimum wage will now rise each year until it reaches $12.00 per hour.

Missouri Goes Green: What Employers Need to Know About the State’s New Medical Marijuana Law

Missouri residents recently voted in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. Amendment 2, the Medical Marijuana and Veteran Healthcare Services Initiative, overwhelmingly passed on November 6, 2018, amending the Missouri Constitution to allow the use of medical marijuana for any medical condition approved by a physician. Notably, voters approved Amendment 2 over two other medical marijuana measures on the ballot: Amendment 3, which would have permitted marijuana use for only specified medical conditions, and Proposition C, which was similar to Amendment 2 but would have been subject to revision or repeal by the Missouri legislature. While all three sought to legalize possessing, using, buying, and selling marijuana for medicinal reasons, Amendment 2 was the only measure that allowed for cultivating marijuana plants at home.

Medical Marijuana In Missouri: New Law Brings New Questions For Employers

Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 on Election Day 2018, one of the three medical marijuana measures appearing on the state’s ballot. Amendment 2 adds an article to the Missouri Constitution legalizing medical use of marijuana for qualifying patients and allowing people who qualify to grow their own plants. With a new law comes new questions about how this development will affect workplaces across the state. Here are a series of the most common questions Missouri employers may have while adjusting to this new reality.

Missouri Voters Pass Minimum Wage Increase

As predicted, Missouri voters turned out in record numbers for the 2018 general election yesterday and overwhelmingly voted to pass Proposition B: The $12 Minimum Wage Initiative. As a result, beginning January 1, 2019, the hourly minimum wage in Missouri will increase from $7.85 to $8.60, and will gradually increase by 85 cents per year until it reaches $12.00 per hour in 2023:

Missouri State Representative Robert Cornejo Will Replace John Larsen as Chairman of the Labor and Industrial Relations Board

On Tuesday, Governor Mike Parson appointed State Representative Robert Cornejo to be chairman of the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Board. Cornejo, an attorney and Republican state representative from St. Peters, Missouri, will replace outgoing chairman John Larsen.

Labor Scores a Win as Missouri Voters Block Right-To-Work Law

The “right-to-work” movement has been on a roll of late, as an increasing number of states (especially in the Midwest) have adopted laws putting such provisions on the books. Right-to-work laws generally make it unlawful to require a person to be or become a union member, or pay union dues, as a condition of initial or continued employment.

Missourians Reject Right-to-Work

Missouri voters have rejected right-to-work. Senate Bill 19, which would have made Missouri the nation’s 28th right-to-work state, was passed by the Missouri legislature on February 2, 2017, and signed into law by then-Governor Eric Greitens. Labor organizations and their supporters gathered enough signatures to keep the law from going into effect until voters in Missouri had an opportunity to weigh in.

"Right to Work" Law Soundly Defeated in Missouri

Missouri voters decisively rejected a "right to work" law this week by a 2-to-1 margin, marking the first defeat in recent years for such a law through a ballot measure. The prospective law would have barred private-sector unions from requiring workers to pay dues as a condition of employment.

Missouri Voters Block Right-To-Work Law

In a sweeping victory for labor unions, Missouri voters overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law which sought to ban unions from requiring union fees as a condition of employment in Missouri. By capturing 67% of yesterday’s vote, opponents of the measure prevented employees in unionized workplaces from opting out of joining a union or paying union dues if they were so inclined. What does this development mean for Missouri employers?