Raft of new state laws take effect, including workplace discrimination

Beyond Missouri’s high-profile minimum wage law that took effect Monday, barring municipalities from setting their wage floor above the state’s minimum, several other measures directly affecting businesses and their employees were enacted.

Measures previously passed by Missouri’s General Assembly and signed by Gov. Eric Greitens that became official Monday include one governing workplace discrimination lawsuits and another regulating ride-hailing companies.

Workplace discrimination

A new workplace discrimination law will require fired employees to prove discrimination for their race, sex, age or national original was the main reason they were fired instead of one of a few reasons.

Ride hailing

A new ride hailing law establishes regulations to allow companies such as Uber and Lyft to operate statewide.

Liquor at airports

Allows Passengers at St. Louis Lambert International Airport and Kansas City International will now be allowed to carry alcoholic beverages from terminal restaurants and bars to other parts of the airport.

Zoo tax

A new tax will allow the Zoo-Museum District to ask voters in St. Louis and St. Louis County to pass a 1/8 of 1 percent sales tax to fund improvements to the St. Louis Zoo.

Real ID

Real ID requires the state Department of Revenue to issue driver’s licenses that comply with requirements in the federal 2005 federal Real ID law.

Read more: St. Louis Public Radio

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