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State Minimum Wage Poster Changes — What to Expect in 2017

When it comes to state posting changes, minimum wage increases are having maximum impact. In fact, these increases make up the biggest portion of the state-issued, mandatory employee postings employers must manage.

As you know, you’re required to post both state and federal postings, even if they address the same topic. Sometimes the information — like the minimum wage — will conflict. This is because states have the right to pass their own laws giving employees more protection than federal law. When the two laws conflict, you must provide the protection most beneficial to the employee. And to repeat: You must post both the state and federal posters to remain compliant.

In 2016, a handful of states raised minimum wage that required updated postings. But what about 2017? With the new year right around the corner, what can you expect for the state(s) in which you conduct business? Let’s take a closer look.

The following states announced increases in the minimum wage, and have already issued new posters:


New Minimum Wage

Effective Date

Alaska $9.50 Jan. 1, 2017
Arizona $10.00 Jan. 1, 2017
Arkansas $8.50 Jan. 1, 2017
California $10.50
(for employers with
26 or more employees
Jan. 1, 2017
Colorado $9.30 Jan. 1, 2017
Connecticut $10.10 Jan. 1, 2017
District of Columbia $12.50 July 1, 2017
Florida $8.10 Jan. 1, 2017
Hawaii $9.25 Jan. 1, 2017
Maine $9.00 Jan. 7, 2017
Maryland $9.25 July 1, 2017
Massachusetts $11.00 Feb. 3, 2017
Michigan $8.90 Jan. 1, 2017
Missouri $7.70 Jan. 1, 2017
Montana $8.15 Jan. 1, 2017
New Jersey $8.44 Jan. 1, 2017
New York Variable rates
based on location
Dec. 31, 2016
Ohio $8.15 Jan. 1, 2017
Rhode Island $8.15 Feb. 19, 2017
Vermont $10.00 Jan. 1, 2017

This state has announced a minimum wage increase, but the new poster hasn’t been released yet:


New Minimum Wage

Effective Date

Oregon $10.25 July. 1, 2017

Lock in Total Posting Compliance for the New Year

Now that you know the states with minimum wage posting changes, have you figured out how you’ll keep up? Posting compliance is more complicated than ever! In a single year, it’s not unusual for the legal team at Poster Guard to identify and track up to 150 state posting changes (including minimum wage increases).

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