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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 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $11.00 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2019.
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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
Discrimination
  • 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 March 2019 Employment Security
  • Aliens’ Social Security and/or Alien Permit numbers are now checked by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • New Revision Date of 3/2019
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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 August 2019 Workers' Compensation
  • After an on-the-job injury, employees must now take the following steps:
    • Provide written notice to employer within 30 days of an accident or 30 days after receiving an occupational disease or repetitive trauma diagnosis.
    • Ask employer to provide medical treatment.
  • Survivors’ benefits may be paid if work-related injury causes death of employee.
  • New Revision Date of 7/19
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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 August 2018 Discrimination
  • Contacting the Office of Civil Rights Enforcement does not conflict with or affect any other employee rights, including:
    • Appeal procedures via the Oklahoma Merit Protection
    • Internal grievance procedures via an employer
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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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