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Louisiana Labor Law Poster Revised

New Income Limits for EIC Program on LA Labor Law Poster

Feb. 9, 2012

A mandatory Louisiana labor law poster includes new eligibility requirements for employees who wish to sign up for the federal Earned Income Credit (EIC) program.

The maximum income limit for eligibility in the EIC program has been increased from $43,000 in 2011 to $45,000 for 2012, according to the poster issued by the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Earned income tax credits are reductions in federal income tax liability that are available to employees who meet certain requirements.

The revised Louisiana EIC poster provides new 2012 income limits for four categories of employees who are eligible to participate in the program.

The income limit for an employee with three or more qualifying children has been raised to $45,060 for 2012, and to $50,270 for a married couple with three or more children filing a joint return.

For an employee with two or more qualifying children, the income limit has been raised to $41,952, and to $47,162 for a married couple with two or more qualifying children filing a joint return.

Employees with one qualifying child will see their income limit increase to $36,920. For a married couple with one qualifying child filing a joint return, the income limit will rise to $42,130.

For employees with no qualifying children the income limit has increased to $13,980 and to $19,190 for a married couple with no qualifying children filing jointly.

In addition, the revised poster includes new information about resources available through the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for those who have questions about the EIC program. A new toll-free IRS telephone number has been added to the poster.

New Posters Available

A revised 2012 Earned Income Credit poster is included in a Louisiana labor law poster published by Poster Compliance Center. The poster meets all of the state's posting requirements for general employers.


Hawaii Discrimination, Dislocated Workers Posters Revised

Protected Categories, Reason for Plant Closings Added to Two HI Labor Law Posters

Jan. 27, 2012

Hawaii's Laws Prohibiting Employment Discrimination poster has been revised to include a number of new protected categories that cannot be used as a basis for discrimination in the workplace.

The mandatory poster issued by the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations now includes five new categories for which a person cannot be denied a job, fired or subjected to unequal terms and conditions of employment.

The new protected categories are gender identity or expression, civil union status, credit history, credit report and domestic or sexual violence victim status.

Hawaii has also revised its required Notice to Dislocated Workers/Plant Closings poster to include bankruptcy as one of the business transactions covered by the state's Dislocated Workers Act.

Under that law, workers have the right to be notified in writing at least 60 days in advance of possible layoffs or terminations due to certain business transactions taken by their employer.

New Posters Available

Revised Employment Discrimination and Dislocated Workers/Plant Closings posters are included in a Hawaii labor law poster published by Poster Compliance Center. The poster meets all of the state's labor law posting requirements for general employers.


Wisconsin Child Labor Law Poster Revised

New Information About Permitted Occupations and Rest Requirements on WI Labor Law Poster

Jan. 26, 2012

Wisconsin has revised its required child labor law poster to include new information about the types of occupations that minors under 14 years of age are allowed to perform and the hours of rest required for 16 and 17-year-old employees.

Minors under 14 are allowed to work in certain occupations (street trades, agriculture and work in school lunch programs) subject to the same hourly and time of day restrictions as minors who are 14 or 15 years of age.

In addition, a chart on the "Hours and Times of Day Minors May Work" poster showing the maximum hours of work for 14 and 15-year-old minors has been revised to include both school and non-school week designations for weekly hours. Those minors can work 40 hours a week during non-school weeks and 18 hours during school weeks throughout the year.

The revised poster now states that minors 16 and 17 years of age who are employed after 11 p.m. must have eight hours of rest between the end of one shift and the start of the next shift.

New Posters Available

A revised Hours and Times of Day Minors May Work is included  in a Wisconsin labor law poster offered by Poster Compliance Center. The poster meets all of the state's labor law posting requirements for general employers.


Michigan Youth Employment Poster Updated

New Hours of Employment Rules on MI Labor Law Poster

Jan. 26, 2012

Michigan has revised its required Youth Employment poster to include new hours that minors 16 and older may work while school is in session.

The poster now issued by the Michigan Department of Education has been revised to state that minors 16 and older who are students may work 24 hours in one week while school is in session. The new rule is the result of a law amended in October 2011.

The previous poster stated that a minor 16 years and older who is a student was allowed to work a combined school and work week of 48 hours during the time school was in session.

In addition, the revised poster includes new information about the Department of Education's policy against discrimination.

New Posters Available

A revised Youth Employment poster is included in a Michigan labor law poster offered by Poster Compliance Center. The poster meets all of the state's labor law posting requirements for general employers.


NLRA Poster Deadline Postponed Again

April 30 Is New Effective Date

Dec. 23, 2011

The deadline for private employers to post the new NLRA poster (National Labor Relations Act) has been postponed again until April 30, 2012, according to the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board).

The deadline was delayed at the request of the federal court in Washington D.C. which heard a legal challenge to the poster requirement rule Dec. 19, stated the NLRB.  The hearing was in the case of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) v. NLRB.

The NLRB previously postponed the poster deadline from the original date of Nov. 14, 2011, to Jan. 31, 2012.

The NLRB ruling states that it has determined that "postponing the effective date of the rule would facilitate the resolution of the legal challenges that have been filed with respect to the rule."

Most private-sector employers will be required to post the new poster, which gives employees notice of their rights under the NLRA.

New Federal Labor Law Poster to be Published

Poster Compliance Center will publish an updated federal labor law poster with the new NLRA poster for private employers before the April 30 deadline.  This new federal poster will be covered under the OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan.

For more information about the 1-Year Compliance Plan with automatic updates, go to the OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan page or call 1-800-322-3636.

 


Washington Increases Minimum Wage Rate

Annual Adjustment Included on WA Labor Law Poster

Dec. 14, 2011

Washington has increased its minimum wage from $8.67 per hour to $9.04 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2012. The new minimum wage is included in an announcement issued by the Washington Department of Labor & Industries.

The minimum wage rate for workers age 14 or 15, which is 85 percent of the state minimum wage, will increase from $7.37 per hour to $7.68 per hour on Jan. 1, 2012.

The Department of Labor & Industries recalculates the state's minimum wage each year in September as required by Initiative 688, which was approved by Washington voters in 1998. That law requires an adjustment to the state's minimum wage every January 1 based on any change in the federal Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The 37-cent raise in the minimum wage for 2012 represents a 4.258 percent increase in the CPI since August 2010.

New Posters Available

A revised Minimum Wage announcement is included in a Washington labor law poster offered by Poster Compliance Center. The poster meets all of the state's workplace posting requirements for general employers.


Colorado Updates Minimum Wage Poster

Annual Adjustment Included on CO Labor Law Poster

Dec. 14, 2011

An increase in the Colorado minimum wage from $7.36 per hour to $7.64 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2012 is included in a mandatory labor law poster issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The Colorado minimum wage is adjusted annually based on any change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the state. The adjustment is made at the end of each year and goes into effect on January 1 of the next year.

A 3.8 percent increase in the state's CPI for the first half of 2010 to the first half of 2011 resulted in the 28 cents per hour boost in Colorado's minimum wage for 2012.

Colorado's new Minimum Wage Order 28 also includes an increase in the minimum wage for tipped employees -- from $4.34 per hour in 2011 to $4.62 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2012.

New Posters Available

A revised Minimum Wage Order poster is included in a Colorado labor law poster offered by Poster Compliance Center. The poster meets all of the state's workplace posting requirements for general employers.


California Updates Three Labor Law Posters

Discrimination, Pregnancy Disability and Family Care & Medical Leave Posters Revised

Dec. 5, 2011

California has updated three mandatory labor law posters as a result of new laws that go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012.

The first required change is to the Discrimination and Harassment in Employment poster that now includes two new categories -- gender, gender identity and gender expression and genetic information -- that cannot be used as a basis for discrimination or harassment in the workplace.

The mandatory poster issued by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) has also been updated to include childbirth and related medical conditions to the sex category of protected types of discrimination.

In addition, a "record or history of cancer" has been added to the medical condition category that is protected against discrimination on the revised poster. The previous poster only listed cancer as a protected medical condition.

The Pregnancy Disability Leave poster (Notice A) issued by the DFEH has been revised to state that employers must continue to provide health benefits while an employee is on pregnancy disability leave if they are already provided. The poster is required for employers with five to 49 employees.

Provisions of the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibit employers from denying, interfering with or restraining employees' rights under this law, according to language added to the poster.

The Family Care & Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave poster (Notice B) also includes the added provision that employers are prohibited from denying, interfering with or restraining employees' rights under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). The poster is required for employers with 50 or more employees and all public agencies.

New Posters Available

Revised Discrimination and Harassment, Pregnancy Disability Leave and Family Care and Medical Leave posters are included in a California labor law poster set offered by Poster Compliance Center. The posters meet all of the state's workplace posting requirements for general employers.


Illinois Revises Poster on Work-Related Injuries

Preferred Provider Program Information Added to IL Poster

Nov. 21, 2011

Illinois has revised its Workers' Compensation poster to inform employees that they may select an employer's Preferred Provider Program as one of their choices for obtaining medical assistance for a work-related injury or illness.

The mandatory poster issued by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission informs employees that the employer must pay for all necessary medical services required to relieve the effects of a job-related injury or illness.

The previous poster stated that employees may choose two physicians, surgeons or hospitals in case of an injury or illness occurring on the job.

The revised poster now states that if an employer notifies an employee that it has a Preferred Provider Program, that plan can be used as one of the two choices of medical care providers.

New Posters Available

A revised Workers' Compensation poster is included in an Illinois labor law poster offered by Poster Compliance Center. The poster meets all of the state's labor law posting requirements for general employers.


Vermont Poster Revised to Include New 2012 Minimum Wage

Annual Adjustment Made Every January 1 on VT Labor Law Poster

Nov. 10, 2011

The Vermont Department of Labor has issued a revised VT Minimum Wage poster that includes an increase in the state's minimum wage from $8.15 per hour to $8.46 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2012.

The basic wage for tipped employees in Vermont will also increase on January 1 -- from $3.95 per hour to $4.10 per hour. The maximum tip credit allowed increases from $4.20 per hour to $4.36 per hour.

The basic wage rate is the minimum required employer contribution towards the minimum wage. The employer must make up the difference if an employee does not receive sufficient tips in the work week to at least reach the minimum wage for all hours worked that week.

The minimum wage for 2008 has been removed from the mandatory poster, but the 2009 through 2011 rates remain.

Vermont's minimum wage rate is recalculated every year as a result of legislation signed into law in 2005.

New Posters Available

A revised Minimum Wage poster is included in a Vermont labor law poster offered by Poster Compliance Center. The poster meets all of the state's workplace posting requirements for general employers.

 

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