We just recently went over the fresh release of Tacoma’s required Paid Sick Leave poster, effective February 2016, but it looks more than likely that Tacoma will also pass one of two ballot initiatives that will create a city minimum wage.
A Tale of Two Ballot Initiatives
On November 3, Tacoma voters will have the choice between two different minimum wage ballot initiatives. The first, known as the City of Tacoma Citizen’s Initiative No. 1, would require employers of a certain size with employees in the city to pay a minimum wage of $15.00. The wage would be adjusted annually based on inflation, and would take effect immediately.
The second initiative, known as the City of Tacoma Initiative Measure No. 1B, has a more conservative increase to $10.35 beginning February 1, 2016. The wage would then increase to $11.15 effective January 2017, to $12.00 effective January 2018, and would increase based on the state CPI thereafter.
There will be a question asking if either of these initiatives should pass, so there is a slight possibility that neither of the laws will go into effect.
Tracking It All
The research team at Poster Compliance Center is working to track this potential change as well as many others to make sure that customers are always kept compliant. We will monitor the situation closely and keep you updated about any changes to required posting laws at the city, state, or federal level—you can count on it!
Another state with a predetermined 2016 minimum wage increase is Rhode Island, and we are frequently checking for the new poster that will reflect the increase to $9.60 on January 1, 2016.
A Quick Refresh
As we discussed in our recent blog on the Rhode Island minimum wage increase, Rhode Island’s minimum wage has increased each year in the last three years. This year, the rate increases from $9.00 to $9.60. The effective date for the change is January 1, 2016, and we are watching carefully for the update to the poster.
Keep Ahead of Compliance
As I have mentioned previously, this is the season for many labor law poster changes, but these changes can happen year-round and with little announcement. The effort that goes into tracking changes and checking for poster updates, like for the Rhode Island minimum wage, is a lot of work. Save yourself the trouble of all of that effort by signing up for Poster Compliance Center’s OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan. You will be covered with a year of free automatic updates and can focus on other areas that need your attention.
While some minimum wage information for certain states is calculated annually, others, like Michigan, currently have set annual increases this year. Michigan’s minimum wage will increase to $8.50 on January 1, 2016, and we are continuously checking for the arrival of the updated labor law poster.
Details of the Pending Update
Under a 2014 update to state minimum wage law, Michigan has established minimum wage increases through 2018. On January 1, 2016, the state minimum wage increases from $8.15 to $8.50 and the tipped minimum wage increases from $3.10 to $3.23. Minors may be paid 85% of the hourly minimum wage rate, which is currently less than the federal minimum wage, and thus the wage for minors remains unchanged at $7.25 this year.
We will stay on top of this change and put the poster into production as soon as the notice is released from the state.
More Minimum Wage Updates in the Future
There are two additional established increases in the years to come. On January 1, 2017, the state minimum wage increases to $8.90, the tipped minimum wage increases to $3.38, and the minimum wage for minors increases to $7.57. On January 1, 2018 the state minimum wage increases to $9.25, the tipped wage increases to $3.51, and the minimum wage for minors increases to $7.86.
Beginning January 2019, the minimum wage will be adjusted annually based on the consumer price index. This increase cannot exceed 3.5%, and the increase will not take effect if the unemployment rate is 8.5% or greater for the year proceeding the year of the prescribed increase.
Michigan just recently updated its mandatory Safety and Health (MIOSH) poster, and sometime soon the minimum wage poster will be updated. With all of these changes, now is the time to enroll in Poster Compliance Center’s OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan to make your compliance easy. With free automatic updates, no matter how many changes occur, you will be set. We’ll do the heavy lifting here to get you your posters as soon as possible; why not relax and be worry free about labor law compliance?
And don’t forget, we’re tracking 3 new federal labor laws that could become mandatory compliance poster updates at any time.
If you’re in charge of compliance, we don’t recommend trying to keep up with the changes through heavy research and obtaining the 12-20 required notices on your own.
That is, unless you enjoy headaches and frustration.
Here’s the bottom line: labor law poster updates are about to get very complicated.
So, what if I told you that you could cross poster compliance completely off your list for the next 12 months for just $69.90?
In honor of the new month we’re bringing you a brand new promotion.
If you order the OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan with a valid credit card before October 31st, 2015 you’ll save an additional $15.00! That’s $69.90 (normally $84.90) for a whole entire year of labor law poster compliance. Just go on our website or give us a call at 800-322-3636 to take advantage of this special offer.
Poster Compliance Center’s OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan will keep you up to date with all state and federal mandatory labor law notices for 12 months. The service includes:
A free set of federal and state labor posters
Free automatic updates for an entire year
Free shipping on all updates
Free tracking of shipments
$25,000 Poster Violation Warranty
Live customer service for any and all poster questions or compliance needs
Don’t wait until the last minute to update your compliance posters. There are a lot of mandatory changes on the horizon, not to mention many that have already taken place this year. If you don’t believe me, you can check out the most recent mandatory changes here.
Let us do for you what we do best: poster compliance.
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It is getting to be that time of year again when the seasons get cooler, the holidays come too quickly, and labor law posters change frequently. You may not associate the end of the year with employment poster updates, but around here, it is our primary focus! New York is one of the states that has an established minimum wage increase, and we are watching carefully for the new poster to come out before the December 31, 2015 effective date.
What is This Year’s Minimum Wage Increase?
In late December, New York will have the final step of the three-step minimum wage increase. The wage will increase from $8.75 to $9.00 an hour. Though this is the final established step, there are a few minimum wage bills at the local and state level in New York that could potentially increase the minimum wage in the future. We are tracking those potential laws, and all other possible changes, very carefully.
If you are at all worried about staying on top of minimum wage updates, or other less expected labor law changes, why not enroll on Poster Compliance Center’s OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan? Our plan offers free automatic updates every time there is a change. Who wouldn’t want that kind of peace-of-mind with their compliance?
There are two changes coming to the Federal Contractor poster, a minimum wage increase and a new Nondiscrimination Provision. We are tracking the January 1, 2016 minimum wage increase for federal contractors and are awaiting the release of the updated wage poster. The Nondiscrimination Provision poster was recently released, and will be added to the federal contractor poster as well.
Federal Contractor Minimum Wage
On January 1, 2016, the federal contractor minimum wage increases from $10.10 to $10.15 per hour. The tipped minimum wage also increases from $4.90 to $5.85 per hour. These rates are adjusted annually for inflation on January 1 of every year. We are checking frequently for the updated poster to be released, and will put the poster into production as soon as this posting is available.
The Nondiscrimination Provision is a new posting required per the Pay Transparency Law. This new posting clarifies that contractors cannot discriminate against or discharge employees or applicants that have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. The posting also provides examples of when employees cannot discuss their own pay or the pay of other employees or applicants. This new required notice must be posted by federal contractors by January 11, 2016.
Stay On Top of Federal Contractor Poster Updates
In addition to our OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan, which provides a year of free automatic updates and shipping for state and federal posters, Poster Compliance Center also offers a Federal Contractor 1-Year Plan. The Federal Contractor 1-Year Plan offers free mandatory updates and shipping for the federal contractor poster for 12 months, meaning that you will be covered no matter how many changes occur. Our labor law poster services allow you to stay covered and worry free!
Several changes to the mandatory WA Job Safety and Health poster, dated 9/15, mean that it is time to update your Washington state labor law poster.
Summary of the Changes
First, similar to the recent MI OSHA change, there is a new requirement to notify the Washington Department of Labor & Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) within 24 hours of any work-related non-hospitalized amputation or loss of an eye. There are also other additional changes to reporting requirements.
Employees, or a representative of the employee(s), may participate in an inspection without loss of wages or benefits. And, lastly, foreign language support is available.
The End of the Year is Nearly Here
Washington is expected to have a minimum wage adjustment at the end of this year, and may have other changes as well. In light of this information, it would be a great decision to enroll in Poster Compliance Center’s OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan with free automatic updates so that worrying about compliance will be a thing of the past.
Labor law poster changes can happen often and unexpectedly.
With that being said, there must be another way to stay up-to-date with the latest mandatory changes without doing an extensive amount of research on the internet.
In addition to this, there’s a fleet of “sales people” ready to attack you with phone calls about every single change, whether major, minor or completely fabricated.
Nevertheless, if your job is labor law poster compliance it is important to stay current with the latest mandatory changes, preferably in a non-stressful way.
For this reason Poster Compliance Center offers a free email notification service. This service provides free notifications via email on labor law poster updates by state, city and county, as well as federal.
So what does this mean? Free email notification service?
The free email notification service means that when there is a mandatory federal, state, city or county change, we will send you an email that has the following information:
What kind of mandatory change has occurred (whether it’s federal, state, city or county)
Detailed information on the change
The date of the revision
Other mandatory changes that have taken place in the last 12 months
Information on our labor law poster services
Any special promotions for our labor law poster services
A complete set of both federal and state labor law posters
Free poster updates for one year. Federal and state labor laws can change several times a year. When that happens, we’ll automatically send you the relevant, updated poster.
A $25,000 Poster Violation Warranty. We certify that our labor law posters are always accurate and up to date. (For warranty details click here.)
A dedicated customer service representative. Have a question? Need to ship one order to multiple locations? Just call your designated customer service rep. You’ll get the help you need—without endless voicemail menus and hold times.
Eco-friendly poster option. For the same low price, you can get our environmentally friendly labor law posters, printed with soy-based inks on unlaminated recycled paper. Go green without spending extra green.
You can also get the posters in Spanish, which is available in most states.
What about city and county posters?
If you’re required to post city or county posters, check out our City or County Poster 1-Year Plan for 12 months of compliance on all required city or county labor law notices.
One year of compliance. Zero worries. It’s that simple.
It’s a difficult decision to make. Are you going to sign up for our free email notification service and receive a free Federal ePoster, or enroll on our OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan and receive free updates for 12 months?
Feel free to ask us any questions you may have. Compliance is what we do.
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The city of Tacoma, Washington released the labor law poster for its brand new paid leave law early, and employers have plenty of time to order the poster before the February 1, 2016 effective date.
The Ins and Outs of the New Law
The new Tacoma paid leave law applies to all employees working within the geographical boundaries of the city for at least 80 hours in a calendar year. Employers must provide employees with a minimum of one hour of paid sick leave for every forty hours worked, up to a total of 24 hours in a year.
Employees are entitled to the use of accrued sick leave beginning on the 180th calendar day after their start of employment.
Order Early to Maintain Compliance
Even though the effective date for the Tacoma paid leave law isn’t until the beginning of next year, it would be wise to order early so that you are on top of compliance when the law kicks in. The end of the year can be the busiest of times, and compliance waits for no one.
To be even more prepared for changes to labor laws, why not enroll in Poster Compliance Center’s City/County 1-Year Plan and have a year of automatic updates for your Tacoma locations? Compliance has never been easier!
Michigan has made a required significant change to the Safety and Health (MIOSH) labor law poster. This poster has a revision date of 7/15, and it is now time to update all of your state employment posters for MI locations.
Details of the New MIOSH Requirement
There is a new requirement to notify the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) within 24 hours of all work-related inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye.
The new MIOSH poster is currently available in English, and we are watching carefully for the Spanish translation of the labor law poster.
Another Mandatory Change on the Horizon
Closer to the end of the year, Michigan will release a mandatory minimum wage poster. The minimum wage increases to $8.50 on January 1, 2016, and your MI posters will need to be updated once again.
Since we know that there will be a required change in the future, it is important that our Michigan customers enroll in Poster Compliance Center’s OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan. By enrolling in our comprehensive labor law poster service for Michigan, you will have free automatic updates when any and all mandatory changes occur at the state or federal level. It really is the safest bet for your compliance coverage.