You may have heard that a new federal minimum wage poster has been issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Although minimum wage is a required federal labor law poster, the new revision (dated July 2009) is not a required change. In fact, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor has posted the following message on its website: “Please note that the July 2007 revision of the minimum wage poster, reflecting the 2007 amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act, is still valid.”
Issuing a revised poster while still accepting the previous version as valid is not a common occurrence, but it has happened before. In fact, December 2006 is the latest version of the federal OSHA poster (“Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law”), but the Department of Labor website states “previous versions acceptable.”
The July 2007 revision of the minimum wage poster (“Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act”) was issued when the federal minimum wage increase first became law. It includes all the steps of the three-step annual increase, ending with the final increase to $7.25 per hour on July 24th.
The new version of the federal labor law poster (dated July 2009) has been updated to include only the new minimum wage rate of $7.25 per hour, and there is new information in the “Enforcement” section.
If your federal minimum wage poster has a revision date of July 2007 and shows the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, you are still in compliance. However, if you do not have this poster, and you have employees that are covered under the FLSA, you can order from Poster Compliance Center the all-on-one federal and/or state poster to stay in compliance for the time being OR you can choose our 1-Year Compliance Protection– the permanent solution favored by many HR managers. To order visit Poster Compliance Center at postercompliance.com.