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
|Alaska||$9.50||Jan. 1, 2017|
|Arizona||$10.00||Jan. 1, 2017|
|Arkansas||$8.50||Jan. 1, 2017|
(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
|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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