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e-Alert – Recent Labor Law Poster Changes

By January 3, 2020 No Comments

Background

Employment Poster requirements are continuously changing throughout the year. In addition to minimum wage changes, there are often state, local, and industry-specific policy changes that require poster updates. If you have one or more employees, your business is required by law to post a current State and Federal Employment Poster in a central location.

HR Knowledge monitors and tracks employment and labor law postings to keep our clients up to date and in compliance with all posting requirements.

Summary

Below are recent changes that employers should be aware of and ensure they have updated their current employment posters:

  • Alaska — Alaska has provided the following updates notices:
    • The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has updated their Wage & Hour Act notice. The notice reflects an adjustment of the state minimum wage to $10.19/hour, effective on January 1, 2020. The poster revision date is December 26, 2019.
    • The Alaska State Commission for Human Rights has updated their Sexual Harassment notice. The updated notice includes revised definitions of harassment in the workplace. The poster revision date is December 26, 2019.
  • Arizona — The Arizona Industrial Commission has updated their Minimum Wage notice. The updated notice reflects an adjustment of the state minimum wage to $12.00/hour, effective on January 1, 2020. The poster revision date is November 21, 2019.
  • Arkansas — The Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing has updated their Chemical Right to Know Act Notice. The updated notice reflects a change to the department name from “Arkansas Department of Labor” to the “Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing” The poster revision date is October 30, 2019.
  • District of Columbia — The District of Columbia has provided the following updates notices:
    • The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, Labor Standards Bureau has updated their Workers’ Compensation notice. The updated notice reflects wording and formatting changes, as well as a change to the department name from “Department of Employment Services” to “Department of Employment Services, Labor Standards Bureau.” The poster revision date is October 28, 2019.
    • The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services, Labor Standards Bureau has released a new Paid Family Leave notice. The new law provides covered employees up to eight weeks of parental leave, six weeks of family leave, and two weeks of medical leave within a 52-workweek period. The new law is effective January 1, 2020 with benefits available to covered employees beginning in July 2020. The poster revision date is December 23, 2019.
  • Florida — The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has provided the following notices:
    • Updated their Minimum Wage Notice. The updated notice reflects an adjustment of the state minimum wage to $8.56/hour, effective on January 1, 2020. The poster revision date is October 21, 2019.
    • Updated their Unemployment Compensation Program Notice. The updated notice reflects that in order to be eligible for benefits, employees must now apply for benefits and register
      for work online using the new websites provided. They must also have a sufficient history of employment and wages. In addition, the notice reflects a change in the program’s name to the Reemployment Assistance Program. The poster revision date is October 21, 2019.
  • Maine — The Maine Department of Labor has provided the following notices:
    • Updated their Minimum Wage Notice. The updated notice reflects an adjustment of the state minimum wage to $12.00/hour, effective on January 1, 2020. The poster revision date is December 10, 2019.
    • Updated their Nursing Mothers Notice. The updated notice reflects that for three years after the birth of a child, employers must provide nursing mothers with adequate paid or unpaid break time or mealtime to express milk each day. Employers must make reasonable efforts to provide the mothers with a clean room or space to express milk in privacy. This designated space cannot be a bathroom. Previously, this notice was recommended for employers to post, but the Maine Department of Labor now requires employers to post the notice. The
      poster revision date is December 10, 2019.
    • Updated their Video Display Terminals, Employment Security, Child Labor Laws, Regulations of Employment, Whistleblower’s Protection Act and Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for Public Sector Workplaces Notices. The updated notices reflect newly added information regarding programs for equal opportunity in employment, as well as information on auxiliary aids and services for people with disabilities. The poster revision date is December 10, 2019.
  • Maryland — The Maryland Department of Labor has updated their Equal Pay for Equal Work notice. The updated notice reflects an increase in penalties for violations of the Equal Pay for Equal Work law. If an employer is found to have violated the law at least two times within a three-year period, the Commissioner may now require the employer to pay a civil penalty equal to 10 percent of the amount of damages owed by the employer for violating the law. The poster revision date is October 30, 2019.
  • Minnesota — The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has updated their Minimum Wage notice. The updated notice reflects an adjustment of the state minimum wage to $10.00/hour, effective on January 1, 2020. The poster revision date is November 7, 2019.
  • Missouri – The Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations has updated their Minimum Wage notice. The updated notice reflects an adjustment of the state minimum wage to $9.45/hour, effective on January 1, 2020. The poster revision date is December 12, 2019.
  • Montana — The Montana Department of Labor & Industry has updated their Minimum Wage notice. The updated notice reflects an adjustment of the state minimum wage to $8.65/hour, effective on January 1, 2020. The poster revision date is November 8, 2019.
  • Nevada — The Nevada Department of Business & Industry has updated their Workers’ Compensation notice. The updated notice reflects that an employer must secure and provide
    industrial insurance to cover employees’ personal injuries that result from an accident during the course of employment. The definitions of employer, employee and independent contractor were also added to the notice. The poster revision date is November 21, 2019.
  • Oklahoma — The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission has updated their Workers’ Compensation notice. The updated notice reflects that a workers’ compensation claim must be filed within one year of the date of injury. Alternately, if the employee has received benefits for the injury under Title 85A, then claims must be filed within six months from the date of last issuance. In addition, an employer or employer’s representative must send a report via Electronic Data Interchange within 10 days of receiving notice/knowledge of a death or injury that results in the employee requiring medical attention away from the worksite or that results in loss of time beyond the shift. The poster revision date is December 27, 2019.
  • Oregon — The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has released their Pregnancy Accommodation notice. The new law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for known limitations and medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth, provided that these accommodations do not cause undue hardship to the employer. The poster revision date is November 20, 2019.
  • Vermont — The Vermont Department of Labor has provided the following notices:
    • Updated their Minimum Wage Notice. The updated notice reflects an adjustment of the state minimum wage to $10.96/hour, effective on January 1, 2020. The poster revision date is November 06, 2019.
    • Updated their Earned Sick Time Notice. The updated notice reflects a change to the website address for employees to obtain information about exemptions for certain types of employment. The poster revision date is November 06, 2019.
  • Washington — The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has updated their Minimum Wage notice. The updated notice reflects an adjustment of the state minimum wage to $13.50/hour, effective on January 1, 2020. The poster revision date is December 19, 2019.

Next Steps for Employers

The HR Knowledge All-In-One poster satisfies the posting requirements for employers of all sizes, including these new postings. Displaying the posters informs your employees about their labor and employment rights. Failure to post required federal and state labor law notices may result in both federal and state fines. If you are not a Full Service or Virtual HR Client, you can purchase our discounted rate All-In-One posters here.

If you have any additional questions or concerns about the posting changes, please feel free to reach out to our HR team for guidance.

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