In February, I wrote a brief article regarding the six changes to the federal labor law poster penalties. The fines associated with these changes and non-compliance (or not updating) with current labor poster regulations did increase.
Labor and employment regulations on these posters at both the federal and state level can and have changed during the year. They do not always change at the end of or beginning of a calendar year. As leaders, we need ensure these posters are updated timely with accurate information. There are times when posting requirements will not change from year to year. However, the changes we have seen over the past 2-3 years are significant. Below are 25 state specific labor poster changes to be aware of in 2017:
New York State minimum wage increased at the end of 2016 and will increase again at the end of 2017. Remember that NYS Paid Family Leave might also be added to the posting requirements in 2018. Many of our organizations operate in multiple states. We need to ensure the labor posters are updated with accurate federal and state information. An updated poster in New York State does not guarantee that the information in any other state of operation is up-to-date. Review posters in all locations to ensure legal compliance. Certain payroll companies will provide updated posters, based on the agreed upon contract. There are services organizations can subscribe, to receive the updated posters when changes are made on the federal, state or local level. If you are unsure on the legality of your organizations posters, seek guidance. Do not assume it is up-to-date. Buying a poster (or downloading the information for free) is much cheaper than paying a fine. Audits and reviews are always helpful in understanding what changes need to be made! The website below provides more information on state specific mandatory updates:
– Matthew Burr, HR Consultant