New Labor Law Posters Required in Many States

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Employers across the U.S. need to be aware of laws that require new labor law posters in many cities and states.  Many states have passed laws that require new posters or updated versions of existing posters on topics like the minimum wage, family leave and workers’ compensation.
Minimum Wage Increases Across Many States
A number of states have implemented minimum wage increases that necessitate updated labor law posters. Just to look at a few, the California minimum wage increases to $10.00 per hour on January 1, 2015, following a similar $1 per hour increase in 2014.
The Michigan (MI) minimum wage increases in four stages from $8.15 per hour on September 1, 2014 to $9.25 per hour on January 1, 2018. After that, the state minimum wage will increase each year based upon the cost of living, as long as unemployment remains below 8.5%.
In Massachusetts (MA), the minimum wage increases from $8.00 to $11.00 per hour over three years. The first phase of the increase is effective January 1, 2015 with additional increases in 2016 and 2017.
City Minimum Wage Increases
Even in states that have chosen not to increase the minimum wage, many cities and municipalities have taken the initiative. In Washington state, the city of Seattle passed a law in June 2014 that will increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour, over a period of time. In Washington D.C., the city council recently passed a minimum wage law that will increase that state’s minimum compensation rate in phases, to $11.50 per hour in 2016.
In addition, Washington D.C. joins more than a dozen states in implementing annual minimum wage increases based on the cost of living index.  In these cities, employers are required to display a city minimum wage poster, in addition to state and federal labor law posters.
Pregnancy Accommodation Laws
Several cities and states across the nation are considering pregnancy accommodation laws. These new statutes require an employer to make reasonable accommodations for a pregnant employee, far beyond the requirements of federal disability law. Already, New York City and Philadelphia, PA have passed such laws and many more are being considered.
Due to all the changes in employment laws throughout the U.S., this is an excellent time for employers to ensure they have the required labor law posters on display.

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