2019 Employment Law Changes

Have you ordered your labor law posters for 2019? Poster Compliance Center makes it simple. Labor law information that employers are required to post as of January 1, 2019 is currently being added to our posters. We offer the latest mandatory labor law notices on our federal, state, and city or county labor law posters. Is your business ready for 2019?

Keeping your labor law posters in compliance 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 brought on by a disgruntled employee.
    2. It shows integrity. Your employees will see that you value them and recognize their rights in the workplace. 

 

Below we’ve listed all mandatory changes to labor law posters expected in January 2019. We also have a more in-depth list of labor law updates available. By tracking the anticipated 2019 labor law poster updates, we have identified employment law trends that may help us anticipate future updates.

 

Minimum Wage

There are 20 confirmed updates to state minimum wage laws effective on, or by, January 1, 2019 (New York’s minimum wage increase is effective December 31, 2018). Additionally, there are 20 cities/counties with minimum wage updates effective January 1, 2019. Many of these new minimum wage rates are part of stepped increases over a number of years, while some are due to brand-new laws. Several cities are increasing their minimum wage to $15.00 or more per hour in 2019. We expect that more localities will follow this stepped-increase trend in the coming years.

Other Labor Law Updates in 2019

Due to the pattern of minimum wage increases in the last few years, we can identify trends and anticipate future updates to these state and local laws. We expect another wave of minimum wage increases effective July 1, 2019. However, employers should also be aware of other possible labor law poster changes, such as:

  • Earned/Paid Sick Leave
  • Safety & Health (OSHA)
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Unemployment Insurance

 

2019 Labor Law Poster Updates by State

State

Labor Law Update

Effective Date

Alaska1

Minimum Wage

AKOSH (Safety & Health)

January 1, 2019

November 2018*

Arizona

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Arkansas

Minimum Wage

Unemployment Insurance

January 1, 2019

November 2018*

California

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Colorado

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Delaware

Minimum Wage

Discrimination

January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019

Florida1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Illinois

Your Rights Under ISERRA

Discrimination & Sexual Harassment

October 2018*

October 2018*

Maine

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Massachusetts

Wage & Hour Laws

January 1, 2019

Michigan

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Minnesota1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Missouri

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

New Jersey1

Minimum Wage

Earned Sick Leave

January 1, 2019

September 2018*

New York

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Ohio1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Rhode Island

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

South Dakota1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Vermont1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Washington

Minimum Wage

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Equal Pay Act

Your Rights as a Worker

January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019

Federal Contractor1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

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

1 – Annual adjustment January 1

 

2019 Labor Law Poster Updates by City/County

State

City/County

Labor Law Update

Effective Date

Arizona

Flagstaff

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

California

Belmont

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Cupertino

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

El Cerrito

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Los Altos

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Mountain View1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Oakland1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Palo Alto

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Redwood City

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Richmond

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

San Diego1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

San Jose

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

San Mateo

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Santa Clara

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Sunnyvale1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

New Mexico

Albuquerque1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Bernalillo County1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Las Cruces

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

Washington

Seattle

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

 

Tacoma1

Minimum Wage

January 1, 2019

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

1 – Annual adjustment January 1

 

Order Your 2019 Labor Law Poster Today!

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