2017 Labor Law Poster Updates

2017 Labor Law Poster Updates

Most employers are aware of their responsibility to display labor law posters in a conspicuous place that employees can easily access. But did you know these posters must be updated whenever the laws change? There have been over 90 labor law poster updates in 2017, so far! Furthermore, it is likely that your business’s labor law posters needed updating at least once within the last eight months.

You might ask, “I change my posters at the beginning of each year, isn’t that good enough?” That’s great! However, that does not mean you are compliant with all the mandatory 2017 labor law poster updates. Here’s why: The issuing agencies that make and enforce labor regulations can ratify laws throughout the year. Furthermore, a poster printed in January 2017 may not include a new mandatory labor law issued in July 2017.

 

Keeping mandatory labor law posters up-to-date is important for two reasons:

  1. It is the law. An employer who chooses to not post or update mandatory labor law notices is in violation of the law. Violators can be fined for noncompliance or may face a lawsuit.
  2. It shows that you are a person of integrity. Your employees will see that you value them and recognize their right

 

We’ve  listed  all mandatory changes to labor law posting requirements in 2017 below. We also have a more in-depth list of labor law updates available. By tracking the 2017 labor law poster updates, we have identified employment law trends that may help us anticipate future updates.

 

Minimum Wage

Since January 2017, we’ve had 47 state and municipality labor law changes to labor law posting requirements regarding minimum wage, or living wage. Many of these changes resulted from the implementation of annual minimum wage increases and several were brand-new laws. Some states and municipalities only changed information on how employers must pay out wages—also known as Wage and Hour Laws.

 

Sick Time and Sick Leave

Labor laws  that allow employees to accrue sick time from their employers are  on the rise. However, the terms of paid sick time or paid sick leave differ among states and municipalities. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, paid sick leave laws are different from the rights and protections under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, which includes up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

 

Other Labor Law Updates in 2017

Due to the increase in many Minimum Wage and Sick Leave laws this year, it is easy to identify trends and anticipate future updates regarding these ordinances. However, employers should also be aware of labor law poster changes that affect smaller vicinities. The following ordinances have shown slight activity in 2017, but should still be kept track of—especially if you operate a business in or near any of the locations that were affected:

  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Discrimination
  • Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • Occupational Safety & Health

 

2017 Labor Law Poster Updates by State

State

Labor Law Update

Effective Date

Alaska

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2017

Arizona

Minimum Wage

 

Paid Sick Leave

January 1, 2017

 

July 1, 2017

California

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2017

Colorado

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2017

Delaware

Discrimination

 

Workers”™ Compensation

January 17, 2017

 

January 31, 2017

Florida

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2017

Idaho

Discrimination

March 1, 2017

Kentucky

Equal Employment Opportunity

 

Kentucky OSHA

February 2017*

 

January 2017*

Louisiana

Earned Income Credit

March 2017*

Maine

Minimum Wage

 

Employment Security

 

Child Labor Laws

January 7, 2017

 

January 2017*

 

July 2017*

Massachusetts

Wage & Hour

January 2017

Michigan

Minimum Wage

 

Discrimination

January 1, 2017

 

March 2017*

Missouri

Minimum Wage

 

Workers”™ Compensation

January 1, 2017

 

April 2017*

Nebraska

Unemployment Insurance

January 2017*

Nevada

Annual Minimum Wage Bulletin

 

 Annual
Overtime Bulletin

 

Nursing Mother”™s Accommodation Act

 

Pregnant Workers”™ Fairness Act

April 1, 2017

 

April 1, 2017

 

July 1, 2017

 

October 1, 2017

New Hampshire

Protective Legislation Law

July 2017

New Jersey

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2017

New York

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2017

Ohio

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2017

Oregon

Minimum Wage

July 1, 2017

Rhode Island

Unemployment/Disability
Benefits

July 2017

South Dakota

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2017

Tennessee

Unemployment Insurance

 

Wage Regulations/Child Labor

March 2017*

 

August 2017*

Utah

Workers”™ Compensation

May 2017*

Vermont

Minimum Wage

 

Paid Sick Leave

January 1, 2017

 

January 1, 2017

Virginia

Earned Income Tax Credit

 

VOSH (Safety & Health)

March 2017*

 

July 2017*

Washington

Unemployment Benefits

 

Minimum Wage

January 2017*

 

January 1, 2017

West Virginia

Wage Payment & Collection Act

 

Wage Payment & Collection Act

March 2017*

 

June 2017*

Wisconsin

Unemployment Insurance

May 2017*

Federal Contractor

Minimum Wage

 

Paid Sick Leave

January 1, 2017

 

January 1, 2017

*Date notice was issued; there is no effective date provided in the law.

 

2017 Labor Law Poster Updates by City/County

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City/County

Labor Law Update

Effective Date

Albuquerque NM

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2017

Berkeley CA

Minimum Wage

 

Paid Sick Leave

 

Family-Friendly and
Environment-Friendly Workplace Ordinance

October 1, 2017

 

October 1, 2017

 

July 2017*

Bernalillo County NM

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2017

Chicago IL