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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 2020 Minimum Wage
  • The minimum wage increases to $10.80 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2020. (The rate is adjusted for inflation every January 1.)
  • The tipped wage increases to $7.55 per hour.
  • New Revision Date of 1/20
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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 December 2019 Minimum Wage
  • Increases to $10.19 effective January 1, 2020.
  • New Revision Date of January 2020
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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 January 2020 Workplace Discrimination and Harassment
  • New protections related to race now include hair texture and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists.
  • Complaints must now be filed within 3 years of the last act of discrimination or harassment.
  • New Revision Date of November 2019
Family Care, Medical Leave, & Pregnancy Disability Leave
  • Family Care or Medical Leave may be taken for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of employee’s child; for employee’s own serious health condition; for an ill child, parent, or spouse.
  • Employers may not deny or interfere with employees’ requests for Pregnancy Disability Leave.
  • New Revision Date of December 2019
Transgender Rights in the Workplace
  • Discrimination complaints must now be filed within 3 years of an act of discrimination.
  • New Revision Date of December 2019
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 January 2020 Your Rights Under Illinois Employment Laws - Minimum Wage
  • Minimum wage increases to $9.25 per hour. Notice includes wage increases through Jan. 1, 2025.
  • Domestic workers are now covered under the law even if employer has just one worker.
  • Effective Jan. 1, 2020
Your Rights Under Illinois Employment Laws - Unpaid Wages
  • Employees must be reimbursed for expenditures or losses incurred related to work.
Your Rights Under Illinois Employment Laws - Equal Pay Act
  • Applicants may not be asked about their previous wage or compensation history.
  • Employees may disclose their own wage and benefits info with co-workers/colleagues.
  • African American employees may not be paid less than non-African American employees.
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 January 2020 Minimum Wage
  • In New York City: minimum wage increases to $15.00 per hour for employers with 10 or fewer employees; remains at $15.00 per hour for large employers.
  • In Long Island & Westchester County: minimum wage increases to $13.00 per hour.
  • In remainder of New York State: minimum wage increases to $11.80 per hour.
  • New Revision Date of 12/19
Discrimination
  • Effective Feb. 9, 2020, the Human Rights Law applies to all employers.
  • Discrimination now prohibited based on gender expression and hairstyles associated with race.
  • Reasonable accommodations for lactation may be required.
  • Domestic workers are protected from harassment and retaliation.
  • Temps or contract workers are protected from all forms of discrimination.
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 January 2020 Minimum Wage
  • Minimum wage increases to $13.50 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2020.
  • Workers aged 14 or 15 may be paid $11.48 per hour.
  • New Revision Date of 12/2019
Paid Family and Medical Leave
  • Separate required notice has been issued with more info on benefits and employees’ rights.
  • Workers may take up to 12 weeks of leave for their own illness, to care for an ill family member or new child, or for certain military-related events.
  • Wage replacement is capped at $1,000 per week.
Domestic Violence Resources
  • New notice provides resources for victims of domestic violence and other forms of abuse.
  • Notice includes phone numbers and a link to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.
Washington D.C. July 2020 Paid Family Leave
  • New law, effective July 1, 2020 – notice must be posted by Feb. 1, 2020
  • Under the law, covered employees may take up to 8 weeks of leave in a year. Employees may use benefits for the following:
    • Parental leave to bond with a new child (up to 8 weeks)
    • Family leave to care for a family member (up to 6 weeks)
    • Medical leave for an employee’s own serious health condition (up to 2 weeks)
  • Publication Date of 12/2019
Workers' Compensation
  • Employers must send a copy of the First Report of Injury or Occupational Disease form to the nearest claim office or their insurer no later than 10 working days after knowledge of the injury or disease.
  • New Revision Date of 3/2017
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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