Michigan Smoking Ban Begins May 1 – No Change to State Labor Law Poster

Michigan is the 38th state to pass a ban on smoking in the workplace, but the new law will not cause a change to the Michigan labor law poster at this time. However the new law, which goes into effect May 1, does require that “no smoking” signs be posted at workplace entrances and other areas where smoking is prohibited, such as outdoor areas like patios or rooftops.  It will

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Is There a Federal Labor Law Poster For E.O. 13496?

Q:  What is E.O. 13496 and does it require federal contractors to post a new labor law poster?  A:  Executive Order 13496, which was signed by President Obama on Jan. 30, 2009, requires a new poster for federal contractors but the poster has not been issued yet.  E.O. 13496 revoked a previous federal labor law poster required for federal contractors called the “Beck Poster:  Notice of Employee Rights Concerning Payment

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North Carolina Minimum Wage Poster Change is Not Required

The North Carolina Department of Labor recently issued a revised Wage and Hour Notice to Employees poster, but it is not a required change. New language was added to the minimum wage poster explaining employment at will, but the date remains the same (8/09). The NCDOL website currently displays a highlighted message stating that the new language does not make the previous 2009 poster obsolete. The 8/09 version of the

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Oregon Family Leave Poster Has Changed But Previous Version Still OK

You may have heard that a new “Oregon Family Leave Act” poster has been issued by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).  Although the “Oregon Family Leave Act” poster is a required state labor law poster, the new March 2010 revision is not a required change.   “The Oregon Family Leave Act poster had a minor change to Oregon Military Family Leave as a result of new rules being

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Nevada Announces Higher Minimum Wage in July

A 70-cent increase for the Nevada minimum wage will go into effect July 1 as part of an annual adjustment, according to an official announcement from the Nevada Labor Commissioner.  This will bring the state rate from $6.55 to $7.25 for employees who receive employer health benefits, and from $7.55 to $8.25 an hour for those who do not.  This increase is in dramatic contrast to this year’s annual Jan.

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California Labor Law Poster Reminder: New OSHA Safety Poster is Not a Required Change

Although the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) recently issued a new version of its state labor law poster called “Safety and Health Protection on the Job”, this update is not a required change.  In fact the listing for this required safety poster on the Cal/OSHA Publications Page, which has a link to the new November 2009 version, includes the following statement:  “Previous edition may be used.”  The

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Workers Compensation Poster Changes in Missouri

The Missouri workers compensation poster has gone through a change from top to bottom, beginning with a new layout featuring responsibilities for employers in one column and those for employees on the other.  Missouri employers are required to post the new version of this poster.  One of the most important sections on any workers compensation poster outlines what steps to take when an injury occurs.    Employers must take these steps:

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New Federal Labor Law Poster - For Agriculture Employers Only

A new federal labor law poster has been issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)—but it is only required for certain agricultural employers.  The “Employee Rights Under the H-2A Program” poster from the Wage and Hour Division is one of the new requirements for employers who employ H-2A visa workers that went into effect March 15, 2010.  “The H-2A temporary agricultural program establishes a means for agricultural employers who

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Arkansas Updates Wage Collection Act on Labor Law Poster

The latest change on the Arkansas state labor law poster is about the Wage Collection Act.  The information is found on the poster from the Arkansas Department of Labor called “Notice to Employer and Employee” regarding minimum wage. The minimum wage poster is required for employers with 4 or more employees. The Wage Collection Act provides assistance to any employee who needs to collect wages due for work they have

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Workplace Discrimination Complaints at High Levels

Workplace discrimination complaints filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are at the second-highest level in its history.  For FY 2009 (which ended Sept. 30, 2009), total complaints numbered 93,277.  Retaliation, race and sex continued to be the top three most frequent types of discrimination complaints as they have been over the past decade.  Retaliation and race had almost matching numbers in 2009, each accounting for 36% of

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