2019 Labor Law Updates: What to Expect, What to do

With 2018 coming to an end, now’s the time for employers, business owners, and HR compliance professionals to turn their attention to the new year. A variety of labor law changes will take effect on January 1, 2019, some of which will impact your company.

At Labor Law Center, we understand the importance of remaining compliant at all times. To help, we’ve compiled a full list of mandatory labor law poster updates by state.

Which States Have Updates?

Here is a list of the 2019 mandatory updates by state. If your business operates in any of the states below, you are required to update your posters.

STATE
UPDATE DESCRIPTION
DATE AVAILABLE
PURCHASE
Alaska
Minimum Wage: new rate of $9.89 effective 1/1/19.
Ships Immediately
Arkansas
Minimum Wage: anticipate wage increase effective 1/1/19.
Pending
Arizona
Minimum Wage: anticipate wage increase effective 1/1/19.
Pending
California
Minimum Wage: new rate of $12.00 effective 1/1/19.
Pending

Colorado
Minimum Wage: anticipate wage increase effective 1/1/19.
Pending
Delaware
Minimum Wage & Discrimination: new base minimum wage increase to $8.75 and new training rate of $8.25 effective 1/1/19. Update to discrimination notice to include new information on sexual
harassment, rights for disabled individuals, and rights for pregnant workers.
Ships Immediately
Florida
Minimum Wage: new minimum wage rate of $8.46 per hour effective 1/1/19 and new tipped rate of $5.44 per hour.
Ships Immediately
Hawaii
Discrimination: potential change to discrimination notice.
Pending
Illinois
Discrimination & Sexual Harassment / Service Member Employee Rights: new sexual harassment notice released September, 2019. Anticipate potential update to discrimination notice on 1/1/19 to reflect new Service Member Employee Rights Law.
Pending
Iowa
Unemployment Insurance: updated to include new ways to file, both online and in-person.
Ships Immediately
Maine
Minimum Wage: new rate of $11.00 effective 1/1/19.
Pending
Massachusetts
Minimum Wage: new rate of $12.00 and new service rate of $4.35 effective 1/1/19.
Ships Immediately
Michigan
Minimum Wage & Earned Sick Leave: expected minimum wage increase effective 1/1/19; amount not yet determined. Expected paid sick leave March 2019.
Pending
Minnesota
Minimum Wage: new minimum wages as follows: Large employer $9.86. Small employer, those with training wage and youth $8.04. Also, overtime after 40 hours for large employers but after 48 hours for small employers. Rates effective 1/1/19.
Ships Immediately
Missouri
Minimum Wage: anticipate wage increase effective 1/1/19.
Pending
Nebraska
Unemployment Insurance: potential change to unemployment notice effective 1/1/19.
Pending
Nevada
Minimum Wage Rules to be Observed: wage increase of $7.25 for employers offering healthcare and $8.25 for employers not offering healthcare effective 7/1/18.
Ships Immediately
New Jersey
Paid Sick Leave & Minimum Wage: updated to reflect new Paid Sick Leave that went into effect 10/31/18. Also reflects new minimum wage of $8.55 effective 1/1/19.
Ships Immediately
New Mexico
Minimum Wage: updated September, 2018 concerning overtime, tipped workers, damages, retaliation and minimum wage.
Ships Immediately
New York
Minimum Wage: anticipate wage increase effective 1/1/19.
Pending
Ohio
Minimum Wage: updated to reflect new base minimum wage of $8.55 per hour and new minimum tipped rate of $4.30 effective 1/1/19.
Ships Immediately
Oklahoma
Discrimination Notice: potential update to discrimination notice effective January, 2019.
Ships Immediately
Rhode Island
Minimum Wage: new rate of $10.50 effective 1/1/19.
Pending
Texas
Notification of the Ombudsman Program: updated April 2018 with new contact information.
Ships Immediately
Vermont
Minimum Wage: updated to reflect new base minimum wage rate of $10.78 and $5.39 maximum tip credit effective 1/1/19.
Ships Immediately
Virginia
Job Safety and Health Protection: updated with new penalty rates.
Ships Immediately
Washington
Equal Pay: Equal Pay Act went into effect 6/7/18. State will release an update to reflect new law when they update the existing Workers Rights Act poster later in 2019.
Pending
Wyoming
Workers Compensation: update includes new OSHA penalties.
Ships Immediately

Why Are There So Many Updates?

In a perfect world, you could display the same labor law posters, year after year, with no concerns of non-compliance. However, this isn’t realistic, as updates occur throughout the year.

Updates are driven by the United States Department of Labor, as well as state and local governments. Furthermore, employers don’t typically receive notice of changes, which makes it even more difficult to stay current.

For example, for 2019 alone, there are already 18 minimum wage updates in place, with several others on the ballot which could result in a change in the new year.

How to Deal with Updates

As we close in on the end of 2018, more and more updates are being announced by the United States Department of Labor, state, and local governments.

You have two options for handling these updates:

  • Take time every day or week to review federal and state sources for updates
  • Take advantage of the Labor Law Center pre-order process

With our help, you don’t have to personally monitor changes. Instead, we stay current on your behalf and then ship new posters immediately upon release.

How to Order Your 2019 Labor Law Poster

Our all-in-one labor law poster combines dozens of required posters at the state & federal level into one easy to display poster.

Updates can happen at any time of the year, and sometimes happen multiple times a year. Rather than spend time learning more about each update, our auto-update replacement service ensures that your business always has the appropriate labor law posters in place.

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