Georgia Revises Unemployment Poster

In response to recent issues with their Unemployment standards, Georgia tacked on the words “through no fault of your own” onto their Unemployment Poster. These words clarifies the conditions set for receiving unemployment benefits. In addition, for each week a claim for benefits is made, a report must be made by the claimant containing all their search contacts for that week.

The poster now also notifies employees that claims are now available to be made online.

Tennessee Updates Unemployment Insurance Law

The Department of Labor of Tennessee has updated their Unemployment Insurance law to include stricter requirements for insurance recipients. The labor law poster now indicates that insurance receivers must now prove that they have searched a minimum of three credible jobs per week, as well as recordings of their work searches written on a Tennessee Unemployment Compensation Work Search Log distributed by the Tennessee Career Center.

Washington Updates Workers’ Compensation Poster

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Washington has added a new provision to its mandatory Workers’ Compensation labor law poster which requires employees to now inform their employer of work-related injuries, instead of just their health care provider.

This change applies to all employees, be they self-insured or through the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. Employees insured under the latter can now view information on the poster about selecting a health care provider and filing a claim for compensation. Self-insured workers are now also advised to report injuries immediately.


Kentucky Changes Unemployment Insurance Poster

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Kentucky has revised its mandatory Unemployment Insurance labor law poster to now display new consequences and penalties for those claiming benefits under false pretenses and/or statements. These various new penalties can include a benefit disqualification for up to 52 weeks, possible felony charges, fines, and imprisonment.

Those who lack work due to medical restrictions will no longer find a provision entitling them to partial benefits on this poster.

Lastly, phone numbers on the poster to reach the Kentucky Division of Unemployment Insurance for filing unemployment insurance have been updated.

2013 Minimum Wage Changes

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Here’s a concise list of the states increasing their minimum wage for 2013:

  • Arizona – increasing from $7.65 to $7.80
    • Tipped employees – increasing from $4.65 to $4.80
  • Colorado – increasing from $7.64 to $7.78.
    • Tipped employees – increasing from $4.62 to $4.76
  • Florida – increasing from $7.67 to $7.79.
    • Tipped employees – increasing from $4.65 to $4.77
  • Missouri -increasing from $7.25 to 7.35.
    • Tipped employees -increasing from $3.625 to $3.675
  • Montana – increasing from $7.65 to $7.80.
  • Ohio – increasing from $7.70 to $7.85.
    • Tipped employees – increasing from $3.85 per hour to $3.93
  • Oregon – increasing from $8.80 to $8.95.
  • Rhode Island – increasing from $7.40 to $7.75.
    • Workers that are 14 or 15 years of age – increasing from $5.55 to $5.81
  • Vermont – increasing from $8.46 to $8.60.
    • Tipped employees – increasing from $4.10 per hour to $4.17
  • Washington state – increasing from $9.04 to $9.19.
    • Workers that are 14 or 15 years of age – increasing from $7.68 to $7.81

These changes should result in a payroll increase for an estimated 850,000 people.


Florida’s Minimum Wage Increase

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Florida has updated their Minimum Wage labor law poster to show the state’s new wage per hour, which has been increased from $7.67 to $7.79. Tipped employees will see their wage increase from $4.65 to $4.77 per hour. Both of these changes will be effective on January 1st, 2013.


Washington Adjusts Minimum Wage

Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries has adjusted its minimum wage for 2013, increasing it from $9.04 to $9.19 per hour. This change will be effective on January 1, 2013. Workers that are 14 or 15 years of age will see their minimum wage change from $7.68 to $7.81 per hour, effective on the same date.

Alabama Adds to Child Labor and Unemployment Posters

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Alabama has introduced a section in its mandatory Child Labor Laws poster which requires employers to include a new form for employees under the age of 18 on the premises. This new form is part of the general update to record keeping in a business with minors. Employers must now display an Employee Information Form, Proof of Age, and Time Records showing the number of hours worked each day. Child Labor certificate must also be displayed.

New information regarding restrictions that apply to minors and the sale of alcohol has also been added. Immediate family of the alcohol-providing establishment’s owner/operator can now be employed if their work has nothing to do with serving, selling, dispensing, or handing of alcohol.

A minor clarification was also made to the wording in the poster’s punishments section. The words “and/or prosecution” were added.

Lastly, Alabama’s Unemployment Compensation labor law poster now shows proper information in the aftermath of the Department of Industrial Relations and the Alabama Department of Labor merging. A new website address has been added.


Ohio Preps Minimum Wage Laws For 2013

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Ohio has revised a number of laws revolving around the Minimum Wage labor law poster, all of which will be effective on January 1, 2013. These revisions include:

  • An increase from $7.70 per hour to $7.85 as standing minimum wage for the state, to account for inflation
  • An increase from $3.85 per hour to $3.93 (plus tips) as standing minimum wage for tipped employees
  • Major adjustments to the exemption criteria for minimum wage. In addition to all previously exempted employees, those with any disabilities that may prove detrimental to their work, altruistic volunteers for private, non-profit food banks, workers that are inconsistently employed on one’s property, and employees who are under the age of 16 have all now been included.
  • Lastly, the maximum gross income of employers required to pay at least federal minimum wage to their employees has been raised from $283,000 to $288,000.

Mississippi Updates Workers’ Compensation Poster

Mississippi has revised their Workers’ Compensation labor law poster to properly display new information that has been added by the Senate Bill 2576′s passing in state legislature. These changes are largely clarifications to Workers’ Compensation but contain a variety of updates which are available in the poster itself.

The revisions are set to be effective beginning from July 1, 2012, and is not retroactive.