How Often Do Labor Law Posters Change?
It’s a common misconception that labor law posters – those mandatory postings (such as minimum wage and workers’ comp notices) that every employer must display – don’t change very often. While the rate of change varies by state, employers who don’t keep up with the latest federal, state and local posting regulations put themselves at risk of fines and lawsuits. Here are a few facts about how often labor law posters change:
- Since 2015, more than 250 new and updated postings have been issued by a combination of federal, state and local government agencies.
- California leads the pack with an average of 41 mandatory changes over the past three years (including city/county changes).
- Other high-change states include New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Louisiana.
- In 2016, there were three separate federal regulatory changes that required updated posters.
- 44 of the 50 states have had at least one mandatory change in the last 2 years.
The resulting burden on employers is not a small one. Though individual postings are provided free by each issuing agency, agencies typically do not notify businesses when a mandatory change occurs. To stay in full compliance, an employer operating in a single state would have to monitor as many as 9 federal and state agencies, plus keep an eye on county and city regulations on a regular basis (quarterly is recommended). (The Department of Labor provides a helpful tool on its website to help businesses understand its complex posting requirements, but even that site does not cover postings mandated by state and local agencies.)
To ease this burden, many employers choose a low-cost posting replacement service that guarantees to keep them in full posting compliance year-round. Yes, individual postings may be free, but the value of having legal experts monitor changes and provide automatic poster updates is worth the modest cost of these services to millions of employers.
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