We’re not even exaggerating when we tell you that there have been 4 required changes to the state labor posters over the last 6 months. You don’t have to be wicked smart to figure out that this is not a typical year for Massachusetts labor laws.
Let’s take a look at some of the highlights:
The year kicked off with an update to the minimum wage poster; the minimum wage increased to $9.00 per hour on January 1st, 2015. This was a noteworthy event for Massachusetts labor laws given that the last minimum wage change occurred in 2008.
For businesses with 6 or more employees, the Massachusetts state posters were once again required to be updated. This time, the change was to the Parental Leave section of the labor posters. Here’s the most relevant information about the change:
- The new law applies to both men and women and expands upon the previous maternity leave laws on the Massachusetts labor posters.
- The probationary period to qualify for leave has been shortened.
- The requirements for notice of leave and notice of reinstatement have been modified.
- This new law states that employees on leave for adoption of a child shall receive the same benefits as employees on leave for the birth of a child.
- This change went into effect on the labor posters on April 1st, 2015.
We were monitoring the Fair Employment notice because it included a Parental Leave section. Only a few weeks passed before there was another change to this notice too. Once again, the change concerned parental leave but this time also added a new section about domestic workers. The change went into effect on the Massachusetts labor posters on April 17th, 2015, only 17 days after the previous change.
Earned Sick Time
At this point you may be considering taking your own sick time out of sheer exhaustion from the never ending updates to the Massachusetts labor posters. Fortunately for you, the new Earned Sick Time Law applies to all employees on payroll and officially took effect July 1st, 2015.
The main points to remember about this new labor law are that all employees now have the right to earn and take sick leave. Sick time must be paid for 11 or more employees and may be unpaid for 10 or less employees. For more details on this specific change, check out our post about the Earned Sick Time labor law posters.
So What’s Next for Massachusetts?
I wouldn’t count on the changes slowing down anytime soon. The minimum wage is going to increase to $10.00 per hour on January 1st, 2016 and then up to $11.00 per hour on January 1st 2017.
We’re also tracking possible changes to the federal labor posters, specifically to the Minimum Wage/FLSA notices on the labor posters. If any mandatory changes occur, you will also be required to update your labor posters.
Don’t be surprised if there are other possible updates that haven’t been announced yet. The climate in Massachusetts, along with many of states at this moment, is moving towards more frequent changes to the notices on the labor posters. You can sign up to receive email notifications on the most recent mandatory changes in your state.
How to Keep up With the Ever-Changing Massachusetts Labor Laws
With an increasing number of required changes to the labor posters, and with the knowledge that this momentum will not be lost anytime soon, what is the simplest and most pain free way to maintain poster compliance?
If you have spent this year downloading your labor posters or purchasing the updates as the changes occur, chances are you’re probably either out of compliance or completely exhausted from all the mandatory labor poster updates. Overwhelmed might very well be an understatement, even if you’re seasoned in the field of compliance.
At Poster Compliance Center, we highly recommend a labor law poster service, especially if you are located in Massachusetts. Our OneSystem 1-Year Compliance Plan will send you the updates for free so you can use your precious free time to do what you do best. You can check out our labor law poster service on our website and even sign up for free email notifications on upcoming mandatory changes.
Why worry about the labor posters if you don’t have to?