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StateDateLawRequired Change 
FederalJuly 2016Minimum 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 ContractorJune 2019National Labor Relations Act (NLRA)
  • New information for contacting the Federal Relay Service for the hearing impaired added.
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AlabamaOctober 2012Child 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
AlaskaNovember 2018AKOSH (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
ArizonaNovember 2018Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $11.00 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2019.
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ArkansasNovember 2018Minimum Wage
  • New minimum wage law includes stepped increases:
    • Effective Jan. 1, 2019 – to $9.25 per hour (tip credit $6.62)
    • Effective Jan. 1, 2020 – to $10.00 per hour (tip credit $7.37)
    • Effective Jan. 1, 2021 – to $11.00 per hour (tip credit $8.37)
Unemployment Insurance
  • Interpretation/translation services now available through local UI offices
  • New Revision Date of 5/15/18
CaliforniaMarch 2019CFRA Leave/PDL
  • Details of the New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) were added to the notice, plus new info regarding CFRA leave.
  • Employees of businesses that have 50+ employees onsite, or within 75 miles of the worksite, may be entitled to CFRA leave.
  • Employees of businesses that have 20–49 employees onsite, or within 75 miles of the worksite, may be entitled to NPLA leave for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child.
  • New Revision Date of 3/19
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ColoradoMay 2019Unemployment Insurance
  • Workers now have the right to be properly classified as employees or independent contractors.
  • Workers also have the right to be paid accurately and on time.
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ConnecticutOctober 2017Discrimination
  • 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
DelawareOctober 2018Minimum 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
FloridaMarch 2019Workers' Compensation
  • Employers must post the new notice and include insurer’s information in the space provided. Previously, the notice had to be obtained from the insurance carrier.
  • New Publication Date of Feb. 2019
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GeorgiaJune 2018Unemployment 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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HawaiiJanuary 2018HIOSH (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
IdahoMarch 2017Discrimination
  • 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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IllinoisOctober 2018Discrimination 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
IndianaMarch 2019Teen Work Hour Restrictions
  • Federal work hours for 14- and 15-year-olds have been added to notice.
  • Employers should compare federal and state laws in new chart provided.
  • 14- and 15-year-olds may work 8 hours on Fridays that are school days, and until 10:00 p.m. on nights not followed by a school day.
  • Certain work hours for 16- and 17-year-olds require written parental permission.
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IowaAugust 2018Unemployment 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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KansasDecember 2018Workers' 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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KentuckyApril 2019Equal 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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LouisianaJuly 2018Earned 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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MaineMarch 2019Employment 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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MarylandJune 2019Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage

  • Through Dec. 31, 2019 the minimum wage remains at $10.10 per hour
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2020 the minimum wage increases to $11.00
  • Effective Jan 1, 2021 minimum wage increases based on employer size
  • New reporting requirements for restaurant owners using a tip credit
  • Employees under 18 must earn at least 85% of the state minimum wage
  • New Revision Date of 5/2019
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MassachusettsJune 2019Paid 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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MichiganJune 2019Unemployment 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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MinnesotaOctober 2018Minimum Wage
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the following rates apply:
    • Large employer (annual sales of $500,000 or more) – $9.86 per hour
    • Small employer (annual sales less than $500,000) – $8.04 per hour
    • Youth wage (employees age 17 or younger) – $8.04 per hour
    • Training wage – $8.04 per hour
    • J-1 Visa – $8.04 per hour
  • New Revision Date of October 2018
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MississippiJune 2012Notice 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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MissouriNovember 2018Minimum Wage
  • New law calls for $0.85 increases each year through 2023 for all private, non-exempt businesses.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2019, the minimum wage increases to $8.60 per hour. The tipped wage will be $4.30 per hour.
  • New Revision Date of 11/18
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NebraskaJanuary 2017Unemployment 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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NevadaApril 20192019 Annual Minimum Wage Bulletin & 2019 Annual Daily Overtime Bulletin
  • Annual recalculation for July 1 does not include a rate change
  • New Posting Date of April 1, 2019
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New HampshireJuly 2017Protective Legislation Law
  • Updated schedule for payment of wages
  • New Revision Date of 7/13/17
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New JerseyApril 2019Family Leave Act
  • Businesses with 30+ employees must provide Family Leave, as of June 30, 2019.
  • Leave may be taken to:
    • Bond with/care for a child within 1 year of the child’s birth/adoption/foster care placement
    • Care for someone with a serious health condition who is the “equivalent” of a family member
  • Employees must give employers certain advance notice when taking intermittent or consecutive leave.
  • New Publication Date of 4/5/19
Family Leave Insurance
  • As of July 1, 2020, up to 12 weeks of continuous family leave or 56 days of intermittent leave may be taken.
  • Leave may now be taken to:
    • Bond with a foster child
    • Care for a victim of domestic violence or sexual violence or a victim’s family member
  • Definitions of “family member” and “child” have been expanded.
  • New Publication Date of 4/19
New MexicoSeptember 2018Minimum 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 YorkApril 2019Time 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 CarolinaDecember 2017Wage & 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 DakotaAugust 2015Minimum 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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OhioOctober 2018Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $8.55 per hour effective January 1, 2019 based on an annual adjustment for inflation.
  • Rate for tipped employees increases to $4.30 per hour plus tips.
  • Employers who gross under $314,000 must pay employees at least the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
  • New Revision Date of 9/30/18
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OklahomaAugust 2018Discrimination
  • 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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OregonMay 2019Minimum 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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PennsylvaniaOctober 2016Unemployment 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 IslandApril 2019No 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 CarolinaNovember 2018Unemployment 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 DakotaOctober 2018Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $9.10 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2019.
  • Rate for tipped employees increases to $4.55 per hour.
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TennesseeJune 2018Workers' 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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TexasJuly 2018Employer's Notification of Ombudsman Program
  • Employer posting requirements were removed from the notice.
  • New Revision Date of 4/18
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UtahMay 2017Workers' 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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VermontNovember 2018Minimum Wage
  • Effective January 1, 2019:
    • Minimum wage increases to $10.78 per hour
    • Basic wage increases to $5.39 per hour
    • Maximum tip credit is $5.39 per hour
  • New Revision Date of 10/18
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VirginiaFebruary 2019Earned Income Tax Credit
  • For tax year 2018, the EITC applies to working people who earn less than:
    • $15, 270 ($20,950 if married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
    • $40,320 ($46,010 if married filing jointly) with 1 qualifying child
    • $45,802 ($51,492 if married filing jointly) with 2 qualifying children
    • $49,194 ($54,884 if married filing jointly) with 3 or more qualifying children
  • New Revision Date of 11-2018
VOSH (Safety & Health)
  • Previously exempt public sector employers are now subject to the penalty provisions of the law.
  • New Revision Date of January 2019
WashingtonMay 2019Your 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.January 2019Protecting Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
  • The Office of Human Rights will perform the initial mediation/investigation of a complaint against an employer.
  • If probable cause exists, the Commission on Human Rights will make a final decision about the violation.
  • New Revision Date of 1/3/19
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West VirginiaAugust 2017Wage 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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WisconsinOctober 2017Unemployment 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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WyomingOctober 2018Workers' 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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