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State Date Law Required Change  
Federal July 2016 Minimum Wage (FLSA)
  • Updated information in Enforcement section
  • New information states that employers should avoid incorrectly classifying workers as “independent contractors” when they are actually employees
  • New section about accommodations for nursing mothers
  • New Revision Date of 07/16
Polygraph Protection
  • Updated information in Enforcement section
  • New Revision Date of 07/16
OSHA ("It's the Law")
  • Workers have the right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without retaliation
Federal Contractor June 2019 National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • New information for contacting the Federal Relay Service for the hearing impaired added.
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Alabama October 2012 Child Labor Laws
  • New section about recordkeeping requirements for employers
  • Changes to Alcoholic Beverages section
  • New information about Child Labor Certificates, including posting requirements
  • New Revision Date of 2012
Unemployment Compensation
  • Department of Industrial Relations has been merged into Alabama Department of Labor
  • New ​contact information
Alaska November 2018 AKOSH (Safety & Health)
  • New penalty amounts based on federal OSHA requirements:
    • Mandatory penalties for serious violations & optional penalties for any other violations – maximum of $12,934
    • Maximum penalties for failure to correct violations within the proposed time period – $12,934 per day
    • Maximum penalties for each willful or repeat violation – $129,336
  • New Revision Date of November 2018
Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $9.89 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2019.
  • New Revision Date of Oct. 2018
Arizona November 2019 Unemployment Insurance
  • Updated contact information for obtaining notice in alternative formats
  • New Publication Date of 8/19
Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $12.00 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2020.
Arkansas August 2019 Minimum Wage
  • Under Child Labor, the phrase “no boy or girl between the ages of 16 and 18″ replaces “no 16-year-old.”
  • For willful violations, employees seeking to recover unpaid wages may receive an additional sum of liquidated damages.
  • New Revision Date of 8/2019
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California September 2019 Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee
  • Info on CA Family Rights Act and New Parent Leave Act has been added to notice.
  • New Revision Date of August 2019
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Colorado July 2019 Discrimination in Employment
  • Employees are protected from discriminatory or unfair employment practices.
  • Disabled employees and those with a health condition related to pregnancy or childbirth are entitled to reasonable accommodations that do not cause undue hardship for the employer.
  • Employees who oppose a discriminatory practice are protected from retaliation.
  • Employee sharing of wage information is protected under the law.
  • New Revision Date of 6/2019
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Connecticut October 2017 Discrimination
  • Discrimination based on veteran status is prohibited in employment, housing & public accommodations, and credit transactions.
Workers' Compensation
  • Employees must now file workers’ compensation claims using Form 30C.
  • Employees are now required to send claims by certified mail to the location listed on the notice. Employees must ask the employer where to file claims if a location is not provided on the notice.
  • New Revision Date of 10/1/17
Delaware October 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Effective January 1, 2019:
    • Minimum wage increases to $8.75 per hour.
    • New youth & training minimum wage is $8.25 per hour (workers ages 14–17 and adult trainees during first 90 days of employment).
  • All employees must be offered meal breaks of at least 30 consecutive minutes when working 7.5+ hours per day.
  • New Revision Date of 9/28/18
  • Effective January 1, 2019:
    • Sexual harassment against employees, applicants, apprentices, staffing agency workers, unpaid interns, and independent contractors is unlawful.
    • Employers must distribute the Department of Labor Sexual Harassment Informational Worksheet to all employees.
    • Employers with 50+ employees must provide interactive sexual harassment training to all new employees, and every two years thereafter.
  • New Revision Date of 9/28/18
Florida October 2019 Minimum Wage
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2020 the minimum wage increases to $8.56 per hour; $5.54 for tipped employees.


Reemployment Assistance (formerly Unemployment Compensation)
  • To be eligible for benefits, employees must:
    • Apply for benefits and register for work online
    • Have a history of sufficient employment and wages
  • New Revision Date of 7/19
Georgia July 2019 Workers' Compensation—Bill of Rights
  • New benefit maximums for job-related injuries.
  • New benefit maximums for deceased employees’ dependents.
  • New Revision Date of 7/2019
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Hawaii January 2018 HIOSH (Safety & Health)
  • Employers must report:
    • Work-related fatalities within 8 hours
    • Inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours
  • Workers must be trained in a language and vocabulary they can understand.
  • Penalty amounts have been removed.
  • New Revision Date of January 2018
Wage and Hour Laws
  • Family Leave Law
    • Employees may now use leave to care for a sibling.
  • New Revision Date of 12/15/17
Idaho March 2017 Discrimination
  • Expanded information prohibits age discrimination against individuals who are 40 years of age and above.
  • Individuals may exercise their rights without retaliation.
  • New Revision Date of 3/1/17
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Illinois October 2018 Discrimination and Sexual Harassment (formerly Employment Rights)
  • Greater emphasis is placed on employees’ right to be free from sexual harassment.
  • Employees have the right to reasonable job accommodations based on pregnancy and disability.
  • Retaliation against employees who exercise their rights under the law is forbidden.
  • Notice must now be posted where employees can readily see it.
  • New Publication Date of 9/18
Your Rights Under ISERRA (State version of federal USERRA)
  • New law protects the employment and benefits of servicemembers who leave civilian jobs for the armed forces.
  • The Illinois Servicemember Employment & Reemployment Rights Act expands protections to all members of the armed forces.
  • Publication Date of 10/18
Indiana July 2019 Safety and Health (IOSHA)
  • Proposed civil penalties related to worker fatalities have been added to notice.
  • Employers whose actions contributed to an employee fatality will be assessed a significant civil penalty per violation.
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Iowa August 2018 Unemployment Insurance
  • Claims can be filed the same week an employee becomes unemployed.
  • New instructions for applying for benefits online are provided.
  • Employees without computer access may file a claim at the nearest IowaWORKS Center.
  • Employee rights and responsibilities can be found in the Unemployment Handbook on the Iowa Workforce Development website.
  • New Revision Date of 8/18
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Kansas December 2018 Workers' Compensation
  • The notice for accidents on or after 5/15/11 has been removed because it is obsolete.
  • The notice for accidents on or after 4/25/13 has been updated – new revision date of 3/18.
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Kentucky April 2019 Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Info on Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act, effective 6/27/19, has been added to notice.
  • Employment discrimination is prohibited related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
  • Reasonable accommodations must be made for employees who have limitations due to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.
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Louisiana July 2018 Earned Income Credit
  • New income limits for Earned Income Credits eligibility; maximum income limit raised to $49,194 ($54,884 married filing jointly, with three or more children)
  • New income limits for those with fewer or no children
  • New Revision Date of July 2018
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Maine January 2020 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $12.00 per hour.
  • Tipped wage increases to $6.00 per hour.
  • Minimum salary requirement will be $692.31.
  • New info added regarding equal opportunity in employment programs, as well as auxiliary aids & services for people with disabilities.
  • New Revision Date of 11/19
Nursing Mothers
  • New notice requirement.
  • Employers of nursing mothers, for 3 years after the birth of a child, must:
    • Provide them with adequate unpaid break time, or a paid break/mealtime, to express milk each day.
    • Make reasonable efforts to provide them with a clean room or space, other than a bathroom, to express milk in privacy.
  • Publication Date of 11/19
Video Display Terminals, Employment Security, Child Labor Laws, Regulation of Employment & Whistleblower's Protection Act
  • New info added regarding equal opportunity in employment programs, as well as auxiliary aids & services for people with disabilities.
  • New Revision Date of 11/19
Maryland November 2019 Equal Pay for Equal Work
  • Employers who violate the law two or more times within a 3-year period may be assessed a civil penalty equal to 10% of the amount of damages owed.
  • New Revision Date of 10/2019
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Massachusetts June 2019 Paid Family and Medical Leave
  • Payroll contributions will now be deducted from covered individuals’ earnings starting October 1, 2019 (previously July 1).
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Michigan June 2019 Unemployment Compensation
  • To receive unemployment benefits, employees must:
    • File claims online, by phone, or in person.
    • Register in person and complete a profile at a Michigan Works! Service Center.
    • Certify their eligibility every 2 weeks.
  • New Revision Date of 3/19
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Minnesota November 2019 Minimum Wage
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the following minimum wage rates will apply:
    • Large employer (annual sales > $500,000) – $10.00 per hour
    • Small employer (annual sales < $500,000), Youth wage (age 17 or younger), Training wage, and J-1 Visa – $8.15 per hour
  • New Revision Date of October 2019
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Mississippi June 2012 Notice Concerning Changes to Workers' Compensation Law
  • New poster required by Senate Bill 2576
  • New changes effective July 1, 2012
  • Applies to injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2012
  • Revision Date of 6/14/12
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Missouri December 2019 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $9.45 per hour.
  • Tipped wage increases to $4.725 per hour.
  • New Revision Date of 12/19
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Nebraska January 2017 Unemployment Insurance
  • New information added about special accommodations
  • Claimants must register for work and create an active, online, and searchable resume in the Nebraska Department of Labor Reemployment and Benefit Services web application.
  • New Revision Date of 9/21/16
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Nevada October 2019 Safety and Health (OSHA)
  • New OSHA penalties to match federal increases:
    • Up to $13,260 for each serious violation (mandatory) and for each nonserious violation (optional)
    • Up to $13,260 per day for failure to correct violation within proposed time period
    • Up to $132,598 for each willful or repeated violation
  • New Revision Date of 9/19
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New Hampshire September 2019 Employment Discrimination
  • “Gender identity” has been added to the list of protected classes.
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New Jersey September 2019 Child Labor Law Abstract
  • Employers subject to the FLSA must pay the federal minimum wage to minors not covered by a wage order.
  • Minors age 16 & 17 engaged in street trades can’t work before 7:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m.
  • New Revision Date of 7/19
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New Mexico September 2018 Minimum Wage Act
  • New information for tipped workers:
    • Tips plus hourly tipped wage of $2.13 must equal at least $7.50, or employers must make up the difference.
    • Employees have a right to keep all their tips.
  • New information on enforcement of the law:
    • Back wages can be recovered for underpaid employees, going back 3 years or more.
    • Employer violations may result in civil or criminal action.
  • Certain jobs/employers are exempt from minimum wage or overtime pay provisions.
  • Localities with higher minimum wages than the state are listed.


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New York April 2019 Time Off to Vote
  • Registered voters may take up to 3 hours off to vote without loss of pay.
  • Time off may be taken at beginning or end of shift, as determined by employer, unless otherwise mutually agreed.
  • Employees must notify employer about time off at least 2 days before election day.
  • New Revision Date of 4/12/2019
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North Carolina December 2017 Wage & Hour Act
  • New Employee Classification law added to notice. Workers defined as employees under state laws must be treated as employees. Employees misclassified as independent contractors may file a complaint.
  • Right-to-Work Laws apply to collective bargaining or labor unions. NC DOL does not enforce union labor laws.
  • New Revision Date of 11/17
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North Dakota August 2015 Minimum Wage & Work Conditions
  • New information about limitations on paid time off
  • Added “pregnancy” to list of prohibited discrimination categories
  • New Effective Date of Aug. 1, 2015
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Ohio October 2019 Minimum Wage
  • Effective January 1, 2020 the minimum wage is $8.70 an hour.
  • The minimum wage for tipped employees is $4.35 per hour plus tips.
  • Employers who gross less than $319,000 must pay the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
  • New Revision Date of 9/30/19
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Oklahoma December 2019 Workers' Compensation
  • Employees must file compensation claims for an injury within 6 months from the last date of issuance if they are receiving benefits under Title 85A.
  • A death or injury resulting in loss of time beyond the shift or medical attention away from the work site must be reported by employer within 10 days via Electronic Data Interchange.
  • New Revision Date of 11/21/19
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Oregon May 2019 Minimum Wage
  • New minimum wage rates in three regions, effective July 1, 2019:
    • Standard: $11.25 per hour
    • Portland Metro: $12.50 per hour
    • Nonurban Counties: $11.00 per hour
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Pennsylvania October 2016 Unemployment Compensation
  • Employees must file within the first week of becoming unemployed or may lose some benefit eligibility
  • Updated information on applying for compensation
  • New Revision Date of ​9/2016
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Rhode Island April 2019 No Smoking
  • It’s illegal to vape in Rhode Island establishments.
  • The law prohibits use of combustible tobacco products and similar products such as e-cigarettes.
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South Carolina November 2018 Unemployment Insurance
  • Employees who lose their jobs due to domestic violence may be eligible for benefits.
  • Two new websites have been added to the notice. Employees may now:
    • Apply for benefits online
    • Access guidelines for applying for benefits
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South Dakota October 2019 Minimum Wage
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2020, the minimum wage increases to $9.30 per hour, and $4.65 per hour for tipped employees.
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Tennessee June 2018 Workers' Compensation
  • Information regarding types of covered employers has been removed.
  • Employers must complete a workplace injury form and notify their workers’ comp insurance company even if they have concerns about the validity of a claim.
  • In an emergency, employers should call an ambulance and provide Form C-42 to the injured employee once stabilized.
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Texas July 2018 Employer's Notification of Ombudsman Program
  • Employer posting requirements were removed from the notice.
  • New Revision Date of 4/18
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Utah May 2017 Workers' Compensation
  • Expanded description of workers’ compensation insurance benefits
  • Updated instructions for reporting accidents and applying for benefits
  • New Revision Date of May 2017
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Vermont November 2019 Minimum Wage
  • Effective January 1, 2020:
    • The minimum wage rate increases to $10.96 per hour.
    • The basic wage rate and maximum tip credit allowed increase to $5.48 per hour.
  • New Revision Date of 1/20
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Virginia August 2019 VOSH (Safety & Health)
  • Increased penalties based on federal OSHA requirements:
    • Up to $13,047 for each serious violation (mandatory)
    • Up to $13,047 for each non-serious violation (optional)
    • Up to $13,047 per day for failure to correct violation
    • Up to $130,463 for each willful or repeated violation
  • New Revision Date of August 2019
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Washington May 2019 Your Rights as a Worker
  • Paid Family and Medical Leave added to notice:
    • Benefits begin Jan. 1, 2020, funded by employee and employer premiums.
    • Up to 12 weeks may be taken to welcome new child, for employee’s serious illness/injury, to care for sick relative, and for certain military-related events.
  • Equal Pay Opportunity Act added to notice:
    • Employers may not provide unequal pay or career advancement opportunities based on gender.
    • Employees may disclose/compare/discuss their own or others’ wages; employers may not retaliate against them.
  • Reasonable safety accommodations must be provided to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
  • New Revision Date of 4/2019


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Washington D.C. July 2019 The Right to Breastfeed
  • Under the amended DC Human Rights Act of 1977, employers must:
    • Provide employees with break time to express milk, unless it creates undue hardship for the employer.
    • Make an effort to provide a sanitary, private, and secure location for employees to express milk.
    • Create a breastfeeding policy and display it in a conspicuous location.
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West Virginia August 2017 Wage Payment & Collection Act
  • Employers are required to give employees immediate access to their wages through a conveniently located bank.
  • New information regarding wage deductions
  • New Revision Date of June 2017
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Wisconsin October 2017 Unemployment Insurance
  • Employers must enter their business name and address in the box provided on the notice for employees to reference.
  • New contact information has been provided for employees who need help with online services, assistance due to a disability, and information in alternate formats or languages.
  • New Revision Date of 10/2017
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Wyoming October 2018 Workers' Compensation
  • Coverage is now required for extra-hazardous industries and occupations.
  • Employers in non-extra-hazardous industries may also opt for this coverage.
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