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Personnel Concepts' Research Department has been tracking trends and changes in labor law compliance and OSHA safety compliance for more than 20 years. Now, with the change in administrations in Washington, D.C., dramatic new shifts in labor law and its enforcement have taken place, first with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and later with stricter I-9 enforcement, an increase in EEOC activity, and the mandating of an Employee Rights Poster.
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The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has released an updated Minimum Wage notice for 2016. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum wage in Alaska increased from $8.75 per hour to $9.75 per hour. Subscribers will receive the new notice via both regular mail and email. Others should call our Compliance Specialists at (800) 333-3795 to inquire about obtaining one.
The D.C. Department of Employment Services has released an updated Living Wage Act of 2006 notice for 2016. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the living wage rate has increased from $13.80 per hour to $13.84 per hour. District of Columbia government contractors and recipients of government assistance (grants, loans, tax increment financing) in the amount of $100,000 or more shall pay affiliated...
The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions has released a new Discrimination notice. The Discrimination notice has been completely redesigned to include the list of protected classes under the New Mexico Human Rights Act. Under the act, discrimination is prohibited in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations. The notice has been updated to include information regarding...
The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation has released a new "Minimum Wage" notice for 2016. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum wage rate increased from $8.50 per hour to $8.55 per hour. The minimum wage for tipped employees increased from $4.25 per hour to $4.275 per hour. Subscribers will receive the new notice by both email and regular mail. Others should call our...
The Kentucky Occupations Safety and Health Program has released an updated "Safety and Health on the Job" notice. The Commonwealth of Kentucky expanded employer obligations by requiring information and training on hazards in the workplace, including all hazardous substances. Required training must be provided to all employees in a language they can understand. Also, medical,...
The California Department of Industrial Relations has released an updated Workers' Compensation notice. The Division of Workers' Compensation expanded its coverage for medical coverage to include medical equipment and travel costs. Also, Health Care Organizations (HCO) was added to the notice as an option for choosing a primary treating physician. The fill-in-the-blank sections were revised...
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Labor has released an updated Minimum Wage Order 32 notice for 2016. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum wage rate in Colorado increased from $8.23 per hour to $8.31 per hour. The Tipped Employee Minimum Wage rate increased from $5.21 per hour to $5.29 per hour. Subscribers will receive the revised notice by both email and...
The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General has released an updated Minimum Wage notice for 2016. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum wage in Massachusetts increased from $9.00 per hour to $10.00 per hour. Earned Sick Time regulations have been added to the minimum wage notice. Employees in Massachusetts have the right to earn and take up to 40 hours of sick leave from work per year....
The Industrial Commission of Arizona has released an updated Minimum Wage notice. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum wage in the state of Arizona will remain the same at $8.05 per hour. The lack of increase correlates with the minimal cost-of-living change based on the Consumer Price Index. The same evaluation and adjustment will be made before each New Year. Subscribers will...
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training released an updated Minimum Wage notice. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum wage in the state of Rhode Island will increase from $9 per hour to $9.60 per hour. The 60-cent increase is a result of recent state legislation and does not depict any future increases. Additionally, the minimum wage for minors increased from $6.75 per hour to...
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has released updated Family Leave Act, Requirement of Oregon Sick Time Law, No Smoking or Vaping and Agricultural Employees notices. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, Oregon employers with 25 or more employees must expand Family Leave protection to extended family members. Added protected classes include custodial parent, non-custodial parent, adoptive...
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has released an updated Minimum Wage and Overtime notice. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, the minimum wage in the state of Michigan will increase from $8.15 per hour to $8.50 per hour. The wage rate for tipped employees will increase from $3.10 per hour to $3.23 per hour. Minors from ages 16 to 17 may be paid 85% of the minimum hourly wage...
The Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation has released updated Equal Pay for Equal Work, Allowable Tip Credits, and Minimum Wage & Overtime Law notices. The Maryland Department of Labor revised all their wage and hour posters with current contact information for the agency. The Minimum Wage notice was updated to include “Immediate family members of the...
The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has released an updated Unemployment Insurance Law notice. The Hawaii Department of Labor revised its Unemployment Insurance Law notice with updates to its application process. All submissions must be completed online or in person at a local claims office. Additionally, the director name and TDD/TTY number for the department were...
The Washington State Employment Security Department has released an updated Unemployment Benefits notice. The Washington State Employment Security Department revised the applicant eligibility requirements for unemployment benefits. Applicants must now provide previous employer information up to 18 months instead of 24 months. Also, if an applicant has worked outside of Washington...