The end of the year is steadily approaching.
Before you take out the holiday decorations and ponder your New Year’s resolution, why not tie up all those compliance-related loose ends that could distract you from your holiday cheer?
Keep in mind, when it comes to labor law posters, there’s about to be an explosion of minimum wage poster changes.
And minimum wage poster changes are only the beginning. This is literally the busiest time of the year when it comes to labor laws and compliance posters.
Don’t take my word for it. Just look at the facts:
- New paid sick leave laws are appearing throughout numerous cities and states.
- Major federal labor law poster changes are pending.
- Some states, such as California, have multiple mandatory changes on the horizon.
- City and county labor posters are multiplying as we speak.
- The Federal Contractor Poster is about to see some major changes as well.
Amidst all this chaos, there are a record number of minimum wage changes on the horizon.
Below are the states experiencing minimum wage changes in late 2015/early 2016. The states highlighted in bold require a minimum wage poster update:
- Michigan: 2nd step of 4 step increase to $8.50 per hour as of 1/1/16
- New York: 3rd step of 3 step increase to $9.00 as of 12/31/15
- Rhode Island: $9.60 as of 1/1/16
- Federal Contractor: $10.15 as of 1/1/16, and will increase annually on Jan 1st
- Ohio: No change to the minimum wage, but a new Ohio Minimum Wage Poster is required
- California: 3rd step of 3 step increase to $10.00 per hour as of 1/1/2016
- Arkansas: 2nd step of 3 step increase to $8.00 per hour as of 1/1/16
- Alaska: 2nd step of 2 step increase to $9.75 per hour as of 1/1/16
- Connecticut: 2nd step of 3 step increase to $9.60 as of 1/1/16
- Hawaii: 2nd step of 3 step increase to $8.50 per hour as of 1/1/16
- Massachusetts: 2nd step of 3 step increase to $10.00 per hour as of 1/1/16
- Nebraska: 2nd step of 2 step increase to $9.00 per hour as of 1/1/16
- Vermont: 2nd step of 4 step increase to $9.60 per hour as of 1/1/16
- West Virginia: 2nd step of 2 step increase to $8.75 as of 1/1/16
Welcome to the next level of minimum wage poster changes.
Now that you’ve seen which states have upcoming minimum wage changes, it’s time to get ready for a whole new category of minimum wage poster changes that may affect your business.
We’re talking about city and county minimum wage poster changes. Here’s what we know so far about changes to the city and county minimum wage posters (some of the changes are taking place before January 1st):
- Palo Alto, CA: $11.00 per hour as of 1/1/16
- Berkeley, CA: $11.00 per hour as of 10/1/15
- Oakland, CA: $12.55 per hour as of 1/1/16.
- Santa Clara, CA: $11.00 per hour as of 1/1/16
- Albuquerque, NM: Annual increase on Jan 1st of each year
- Unincorporated Bernalillo County, NM: Annual increase Jan 1st of each year
- Seattle, WA: Increased to $13.00 an hour for large employers and $12.00 for small employers 1/1/16, with established Jan 1 increases through 2018
- Portland, ME: $10.10 per hour as of 1/1/16
We know this is a lot to take in. So many minimum wage poster changes on so many levels: federal (contractor), state, city and county. Confusion is very much a possibility.
With this being said, how can you make sure you’re in compliance?
You might decide to wait until January to update your compliance posters, but…
What about changes that have already occurred? Or changes that take place after January 1st?
Don’t forget, there are up to 20 required notices on a state and federal labor law poster set (this doesn’t even include city and county) and any of these notices can change at any time.
In fact, on average there are about 2-3 mandatory changes per year for each state. So if you only purchase labor law posters in January, there’s a good chance you are out of compliance for part of the year.
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Please stay tuned for more information on upcoming labor law poster updates. We guarantee there will be more to come. If you would like to be notified whenever there is a mandatory change, you can sign up for our free email notification service.