Halfway into the year, there are plenty of things that have changed with respect to labor law. With these labor law updates, there is a need for employers to get updated employment labor posters in order to ensure their protection against fines and possible legal battles.
We have compiled for you the updates that have been released during the year to keep you in the loop with the latest labor law changes. Why should you keep your labor law posters in compliance?
Why Staying Up To Date On Laws Is Important
There are two main reasons why you need to keep your labor law posters in compliance and these are:
- The law requires you to. According to the law, as an employer, you are expected to keep the labor law posters updated. Employers who are found in defiance can be fined for their noncompliance or may be faced with even bigger issues, including lawsuits from dissatisfied employees.
- It shows concern for employees. Employers can establish their integrity, care, and concern for employees by ensuring that labor law posters are updated to uphold and inform employees of their rights in the workplace.
Minimum Wage Update
There have been no less than 20 confirmed updates regarding state minimum wage laws. While many of these updates became effective on, January 1, 2019, some states, such as New York, had their minimum wage update kick off on December 31, 2018.
The minimum wage update also affected 20 counties and cities, expected to take effect as from January 1, 2019. Also, there have been 25 confirmed updates regarding the state and city/county minimum wage laws, this in addition to several cities that have been reported to have increased their minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.
Other Updates to the Labor Law Posters
Employees are always on the lookout for other updates to the labor law posters and so are we.
Other topics on the labor posters that have been affected so far this year are:
- Unemployment insurance
- Sexual harassment
- Safety and Health (OSH)
- Workers’ compensation
- Earned / Paid Sick Leave
It is important that employers stay updated with the latest labor law posters as these changes to the labor law could happen at any time.
States Impacted By 2019 Labor Regulations Updates
The labor law updates affect the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, and Rhode Island.
Affected Cities & Regions In 2019
Cities/Counties affected by the labor law poster updates include: Virginia; Flagstaff, Arizona; Washington; Alameda, Belmont, Berkeley, Cupertino, Daly City, El Cerrito, Fremont, Los Altos, Los Angeles (City), Mountain View, Milpitas, Oakland, Palo Alto, Pasadena, Redwood City, Richmond, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Leandro, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Monica, and Sunnyvale, California; all Federal Contractors; Chicago and Cook County in Illinois; Portland in Maine; Montgomery County in Maryland; Prince George County in Maryland.
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