Posts by: Michele Kennedy

If the minimum wage in my state is higher than that of the federal’s, do I have to display both minimum wage posters?

  • 14th January 2016

Yes, you will need to post both the state and federal minimum wage notices as there may be exceptions to the minimum wage law in your state. An employer is to pay the higher amount of the two wages; however, in circumstances where employees are not covered by the state minimum wage, they would be covered under the federal minimum wage. Furthermore, there are additional provisions on the federal minimum wage posting for overtime, tipped employees, etc. that may need to be considered.

Recommended Change to Washington’s Unemployment Benefits Notice

  • 6th January 2016

The Washington Employment Security Department updated the Unemployment Benefits posting. When applying for benefits, applicants will need to provide previous employer information within the last 18 months of employment instead of the last 24 months. The criteria for applying online has also been reduced from 24 months to 18 months for applicants who had a job outside of Washington. If applying by phone, availability hours have been changed from 8 am – 5 pm to 8 am – 4 pm and there is no longer suggested calling days based on one’s social security number. There is also a new layout to the posting which includes a picture of the website and URL. The revision date has also been updated.

Effective date: 11/17/2015

The Osha4less.com Washington All-In-One State and Federal Poster has been updated to include this new recommended change on the required postings.

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Mandatory Change to Massachusetts’s Wage and Hour Laws Notice

  • 30th December 2015

The Massachusetts Fair Labor Division updated the Wage & Hour Laws posting. Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage will increase to $10.00 per hour and $3.35 per hour for wait staff, service employees, and service bartenders who receive more than $20.00 a month in tips. The provisions on travel time and reporting pay have been removed from the posting and replaced with a provision for earned sick time and non-discrimination and equal pay. The Earned Sick Time provision provides that all employees have the right to earn up to forty (40) hours of sick time in a year (earned at 1 hour for every 30 hours worked). Sick time is paid if employers have 11 or more employees and may be unpaid if employers have 10 or fewer employees. The Non-Discrimination and Equal Pay provision provides that employers may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, age, ancestry, disability, or veteran or active military status. The Fair Labor Hotline hours have been changed from 9 am – 5 pm to 10 am – 4 pm. The updated posting further provides that the Massachusetts wage and hour laws apply to workers regardless of immigration status, including undocumented workers. A revision date has also been added.

Effective date: 1/1/2016

The Osha4less.com Massachusetts All-In-One State and Federal Poster has been updated to include this new mandatory change on the required posting.

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Arkansas Increases Minimum Wage for 2016

  • 30th December 2015

Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage for Arkansas will be $8.00 per hour with an allowance for gratuities not to exceed $5.37 per hour. The Arkansas Department of Labor last updated the minimum wage notice on February 26, 2015 with staggering rates for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 calendar year. Accordingly, there is no anticipation that a new notice will be released.

Recommended Changes to Hawaii’s Breastfeeding in the Workplace, Whistleblower Protection Law, Disability Compensation Law, Discrimination, Occupational Safety and Health Laws, Unemployment Insurance Law, and Wage and Hour Laws Notices

  • 23rd December 2015

Breastfeeding in the Workplace:

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Division updated the Breastfeeding in the Workplace posting. New text has been added to the bottom of the posting which states that the department is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program and that auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. A revision date has also been added.

Whistleblower Protection Law:

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Division updated the Whistleblower Protection Law posting. New text has been added to the bottom of the posting which states that the department is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program and that auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. A revision date has also been added.

Disability Compensation Law:

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Division updated the Disability Compensation Law posting. New text has been added to the bottom of the posting which states that the department is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program and that auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. A revision date has also been added.

Discrimination:

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Division updated the Discrimination posting. New text has been added to the bottom of the posting which states that the department is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program and that auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. The revision date has also been updated.

Occupational Safety and Health Laws:

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Division updated the Occupational Safety and Health Law posting. “Employees working on military installations” is no longer listed as an exception to the occupational safety and health regulations. New text has been added to the bottom of the posting which states that the department is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program and that auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. A revision date has also been added.

Unemployment Insurance Law:

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Division updated the Unemployment Insurance Law posting. New information has been added under the “Important Information” clause which states that if benefits are payable, claimants must receive payments by direct deposit and information on the account type, financial institution routing number, and account number must be provided. New text has also been added to the bottom of the posting which states that the department is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program and that auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. The revision date has also been updated.

Wage and Hour Laws:

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Division updated the Wage and Hour Law posting. New text has been added to the bottom of the posting which states that the department is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program and that auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. A revision date has also been added.

Effective date: 11/10/2015

The Osha4less.com Hawaii All-In-One State and Federal Poster has been updated to include these new recommended changes on the required postings.

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South Dakota Minimum Wage Will Increase on January 1, 2016

  • 22nd December 2015

The South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation updated the minimum wage posting to reflect the 2016 minimum wage of $8.55 per hour and $4.275 per hour for tipped employees. The minimum wage will take effect on January 1, 2016; however, the updated posting no longer specifies an effective start date.

Effective date: 1/1/2016

The Osha4less.com South Dakota All-In-One State and Federal Poster has been updated to include this new change on the recommended posting.

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Recommended Changes to Washington’s Job Safety and Health Law, Your Rights as a Worker, and Notice to Employees-If a Job Injury Occurs (State-Insured) Notices

  • 22nd December 2015

Job Safety and Health Law:

Effective date: 10/5/2015

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries updated the Job Safety and Health Law posting with a correction to the DOSH telephone number in which employers may report deaths, in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye.

Your Rights as a Worker:

Effective date: 12/10/2015

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries updated the Your Rights as a Worker posting with various updates to the department’s URL where additional information about the law can be found.

Notice to Employees-If a Job Injury Occurs (State-Insured):

Effective date: 11/24/2015

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries updated the Notice to Employees-If a Job Injury Occurs (State-Insured) posting with various updates to the department’s URL on finding L&I’s network providers and where the Report of Accident form can be found.

The Osha4less.com Washington All-In-One State and Federal Poster has been updated to include these new recommended changes on the required postings.

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Recommended Change to Minnesota’s Workers’ Compensation Notice

  • 22nd December 2015

The Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry updated the Workers’ Compensation posting with minor formatting changes such as the bolding of text. New information has also been added for obtaining the posting in different format (Braille, large print or audio).

Effective date: 12/2/2015

The Osha4less.com Minnesota All-In-One State and Federal Poster has been updated to include this new recommended change on the required postings.

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Mandatory and Recommended Changes to Maine’s Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for Public Sector Workplaces and Safe Work for Computer Operators Notices

  • 17th December 2015

Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for Public Sector Workplaces:

The Maine Department of Labor updated the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations for Public Sector Workplaces posting. The wording has been changed significantly. There is now a provision that states a request that one’s name be kept confidential can be made if contacting the Maine Department of Labor to request an inspection if one believes that his/her workplace is unsafe. There is also a provision that states citations must be posted at or near the place of the alleged violation if an employer is cited or penalized for unsafe or unhealthful conditions during an inspection. In the event an employee is fired or discriminated against for filing a safety and health complaint, a complaint may be filed for said discrimination or retaliation with the Director of the Bureau of Labor Standards within 30 days of such alleged violation. Additional text has been added with respect to the plan approved on August 5, 2015 by the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to which the State of Maine shall provide job safety and health protection for workers in the public sector throughout the state. The plan will be monitored by OSHA. Contact information is provided for anyone wishing to make a complaint. Contact information by way of a telephone number or email has also been provided for after-hours fatality/catastrophe reporting. The email address for the Maine Department of Labor has been changed as well as the revision date.

Effective date: 12/4/2015

Safe Work for Computer Operators:

The Maine Department of Labor updated the Safe Work for Computer Operators posting with an updated email address and revision date.

Effective date: 11/17/2015

The Osha4less.com Maine All-In-One State and Federal Poster has been updated to include these changes on the required postings.

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