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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 January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • The minimum wage will increase to $10.35 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018. (The rate is adjusted for inflation every January 1.)
  • The tipped wage will increase to $7.25 per hour.
  • New Revision Date of 1/18
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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 January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $9.84 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018
  • New Revision Date of 1/18
AKOSH (Safety & Health)
  • Employers may not retaliate against employees who file a complaint regarding safety and health standards.
  • Employers must report an in-patient hospitalization, loss of an eye, amputation, or fatality to AKOSH or OSHA within 8 hours.
Arizona January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $10.50 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018
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Arkansas June 2015 Minimum Wage (Notice to Employer & Employee)
  • Updated Child Labor section
  • New Revision Date of 4/6/2015
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California July 2018 Unemployment/Disability/Paid Family Leave
  • Unemployment Insurance
    • Employees may receive benefits if they become unemployed or their work hours are reduced at no fault of their own.
    • To claim benefits, employees must be available for and searching for work.
    • New website address for applying for benefits online and new hours listed for applying via phone
  • Disability Insurance
    • “Disability” has been added to the list of reasons employees may be eligible for benefits.
    • New website address for applying for benefits online
  • Paid Family Leave
    • Leave may now be used to care for certain seriously ill family members or a registered domestic partner.
    • Parents may now use leave to bond with a new biological, adopted, or foster child.
    • New website address for applying for benefits online
  • New Revision Date of 5/18
Transgender Rights
  • Where possible, employers should provide an accessible unisex single stall bathroom for use by any employee.
  • Use of a unisex single stall bathroom must be a matter of choice.
  • Revision Date has not changed (November 2017)
Colorado January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $10.20 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018. Tipped wage will be $7.18 per hour.
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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 January 2017 Discrimination
  • Expanded categories prohibiting discrimination include family care responsibilities and reproductive health decisions
  • Time limits for filing a Charge of Discrimination expanded to within 30 days of the alleged unlawful employment practice
  • New Revision Date of 1/11/2017
Workers' Compensation
  • Employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance
  • New Revision Date of 1/11/2017
Florida January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $8.25 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018.  Rate will be recalculated every year based on CPI.
  • Increases to $5.23 per hour for tipped employees
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Georgia June 2018 Unemployment Insurance
  • Benefit claims may be filed online using the website address added to the notice.
  • List of Career Center offices where claims may be filed in person has been updated.
  • Info about providing a separation notice from the employer has been removed.
  • New Revision Date of 6/18
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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 September 2017 Employment Rights
  • New amendment to Illinois Human Rights Act includes a poster requirement
  • Discrimination categories protected under the law include race, religion, and retaliation for opposing unlawful discrimination
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Indiana August 2015 Teen Work Hours
  • Extensive changes to:
    • Maximum hours of work
    • Break requirements
    • Additional information
  • New contact information
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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 April 2013 Workers' Compensation
  • New time limits for employees to notify their employers of an accident or injury. 
  • Applies to accidents on or after April 25, 2013
  • Revision Date of 4/13
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Kentucky June 2018 Child Labor
  • Minors 16 & 17 years old may work up to 32.5 hours per week with written permission from a parent/legal guardian. Rules for working 40 hours in a week are unchanged.
  • These minors may not work before 6:00 A.M, and after 11:00 P.M. preceding a school day. Their work hours on school days must not exceed 6.5 hours.
  • Publication Date of 5/1/2018
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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 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $10.00 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018. The tipped wage remains at $5.00.
  • New Revision Date of 12/17
Video Display Terminals (formerly Safe Work for Computer Operators)
  • Updated notice includes details of the law.
  • Employers must create an education/training program for computer operators within 30 days of employment and annually thereafter.
  • New Revision Date of 4/17
Maryland April 2018 Earned Sick and Safe Leave
  • New law requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick and safe leave for certain employees.
  • Employers with 14 or fewer employees must provide unpaid leave for certain employees.
  • Leave may also be used for a family member’s mental or physical illness, injury, or condition.
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Massachusetts January 2017 Wage & Hour Laws
  • Increases to $11.00 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2017
  • New information about reporting pay, domestic violence leave, deadlines for starting a lawsuit, definition of work hours, and child labor
  • New Revision Date of 1/2017
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Michigan August 2018 Youth Employment
  • “Gender” added to list of discrimination categories
Unemployment Compensation
  • Change to process for filing claims on the Internet
  • All-new information on filing claims by telephone
  • New TTY contact information added
  • New Revision Date of 5/18
Minnesota January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2018, the following minimum wage rates will apply:
    • Large employer (annual sales of $500,000 or more) – $9.65 per hour
    • Small employer (annual sales less than $500,000) – $7.87 per hour
    • Youth wage (employees age 17 or younger) – $7.87 per hour
    • Training wage – $7.87 per hour
    • J-1 Visa – $7.87 per hour
  • New Revision Date of October 2017
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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 March 2018 Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • Detailed information on applying for benefits has been added.
  • To ensure benefits, workers should contact the Department of Labor if they believe they were improperly classified as independent contractors.
  • New Revision Date of 3/18
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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 August 2018 Rules to Be Observed by Employers
  • Information on domestic workers has been added to the notice.
  • New Revision Date of 8/3/18
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New Hampshire July 2017 Protective Legislation Law
  • Updated schedule for payment of wages
  • New Revision Date of 7/13/17
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New Jersey May 2018 Discrimination in Employment
  • Breastfeeding added as a protected category on the three discrimination notices
  • New Revision Date of 4/8/18
Discrimination in Places of Public Accommodation
Discrimination in Housing
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 January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Rate increases effective Dec. 31, 2017:
    • New York City – $13.00 per hour for employers with 11 or more employees; $12.00 per hour for employers with 10 or fewer employees
    • Long Island & Westchester County – $11.00 per hour
    • Remainder of New York State – $10.40 per hour
  • New Revision Date of 12/17
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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 January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $8.30 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018
  • Rate for tipped employees increases to $4.15 per hour
  • Employers who gross less than $305,000 shall pay employees no less than federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour
  • New Revision Date of 9/30/17
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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 April 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Updated rates effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019:
    • Standard: $10.75 per hour
    • Portland Metro: $12.00 per hour
    • Nonurban Counties: $10.50 per hour
Equal Pay
  • Effective October 6, 2017:
    • Employers may not ask applicants/employees about pay history prior to making an employment offer including a compensation amount.
  • Effective January 1, 2019:
    • Employers may not discriminate against employees by paying members of a protected class different wages for similar work.
  • Publication Date of 2/2018
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 January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $10.10 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018
  • New Revision Date of 1/2018
Healthy & Safe Families and Workplaces Act
  • New notice states employees may take leave for their own and family members’ health and safety needs.
  • Publication Date of 1/2018
  • New notice states employers may not inquire about an applicant’s criminal history on a job application.
  • Publication Date of 1/2018
South Carolina July 2018 Safety & Health (OSHA)
  • Employers must report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours, and all inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours.
  • Contact information for reporting these incidents is provided.
  • New Revision Date of July 2018
Employment Discrimination
  • Discrimination based on pregnancy & childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation, is prohibited.
  • Age discrimination now applies to individuals over the age of 40.
  • Includes examples of unlawful discrimination and information on how employees can file a formal complaint.
South Dakota January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $8.85 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018
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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 September 2018 Employment Protections for Victims of Crime
  • New law, effective July 1, 2018, protects employees from harassment/discrimination by an employer based on their status as crime victims.
  • Employers must provide crime victims with job-protected leave to attend certain crime-related legal proceedings.
Sexual Harassment Is Illegal
  • Effective July 1, 2018, protection against sexual harassment applies to all individuals performing work or services, even if they are not “employees” under state or federal law.
Virginia August 2018 VOSH (Safety & Health)
  • Increased penalties based on federal OSHA requirements:
    • Up to $12,726 for each serious violation (mandatory)
    • Up to $12,726 for each non-serious violation (optional)
    • Up to $12,726 per day for failure to correct violation within proposed time period
    • Up to $127,254 per violation for willful or repeated violations
  • New Revision Date of August 2018
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Washington January 2018 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $11.50 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018. 14- or 15-year-olds may be paid $9.78 per hour.
  • New Revision Date of 9/2017
Your Rights as a Worker
  • Includes information about the new Paid Sick Leave law, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Most employees will accrue 1 hour of PSL for every 40 hours worked.
  • Parents of working teens ages 14–17 must sign authorization forms for both school year and summertime work.
  • New Revision Date of 8/2017
Unemployment Benefits
  • Benefits assistance by phone is now limited to two days a week.
  • New Revision Date of 10/17​
Washington D.C. July 2017 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $12.50 per hour effective July 1, 2017, $13.25 per hour effective July 1, 2018, $14.00 per hour effective July 1, 2019, and to $15.00 per hour effective July 1, 2020
  • For tipped employees, increases to $3.33 per hour effective July 1, 2017, $3.89 per hour effective July 1, 2018, $4.45 per hour effective July 1, 2019, and to $5.00 per hour effective July 1, 2020
  • In 2021, the minimum wage will increase annually based on CPI for all employees
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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 May 2018 Health & Safety
  • Penalty amounts for most violations have been removed. Info on how to obtain penalty amounts has been added.
  • Occupations not covered by Wyoming OSHA have been removed.
  • New Revision Date of 4/19/18
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