As 2008 approaches, businesses need to check their labor law posters to make sure the information is up to date.
The 2008 Nebraska labor law posters have gone through several changes and companies need to take appropriate action. As a result of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, the federal minimum wage rose for the first time in about 10 years from $5.15 per hour to $5.85 per hour. Several states raised their minimum wages at the same time.
During 2007, many other states, including Texas, Maine, Utah, and North Carolina established higher state minimum wages, too.
Other changes occurred to labor laws in 2007 that required companies to modernize their posters. For example, a new tough ban on smoking at work was established in Ohio. Businesses there had to post no-smoking signs at every entrance.
The 2008 Nebraska labor law posters that every employer must display are:
- OSHA-Health and Safety Protection
- Emergency Numbers
- Minimum Wage
- Discrimination Notice
- Child Labor Law
In addition, under federal law, every Nebraska employer must display the following posters that cover U.S. labor law:
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act
- USERRA – Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
- Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law
- Federal Minimum Wage
- Family and Medical Leave Act
- OSHA-Job Safety & Health Protection
In other changes to labor law in 2007, Illinois also enacted a tough law regarding smoking. Almost every work environment, even restaurants bars and casinos are now non-smoking. Labor law posters will need to be updated as a result of these changes.
Until October, teens in Alaska could be employed by a gas station or convenience store that sold cigarettes. And though it was already illegal in Alaska for anyone under the age of 19 to buy cigarettes, people were concerned that these teens could be selling cigarettes to friends who might be underage. The Child Labor Laws, therefore, were amended to prohibit anyone under the age of 19 from selling cigarettes.
In addition to the changes in 2007, more changes are scheduled to occur in 2008.On January 1 and July 1, 2008, over 20 states will increase their state minimum wage.
Nebraska’s Labor Law poster requirements include information concerning minimum wage, employee wage payment and collection, child labor, lunch periods, private employment agencies, contractor registration, non-English speaking employees, medical examinations, wage garnishments, and other employment related laws.
Specific Nebraska Labor Law poster requirements include the following ten posters:
1. Your Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
2. “Notice” Employee Polygraph Protection Act
3. Family Medical Leave Act
4. Notice to Employees (Nebraska Minimum Wage)
5. Job Safety and Health Poster
6. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law Poster that includes the Americans with Disabilities Act
7. Discrimination in Employment, Housing, Public Accommodations is Prohibited by State Law poster
8. Job Safety and Health Protection poster from OSHA
9. Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) poster
10. Unemployment Insurance Advisement of Benefit Rights poster
An additional notice must be posted when an employer hires a fourteen or fifteen year old child. The employer must keep posted in the room where the child works, a printed notice (Form 110) stating the hours of work of the child.
Children fourteen and fifteen years of age shall not be permitted to work more than eight hours a day, forty-eight hours a week, before the hour of 6:00 a.m. or after the hour of 10:00 p.m. under state law.
Federal Hour Restrictions are: Not more than 3 Hours on a School Day, Not more than 18 Hours in a School Week, Not More than 8 Hours on a Non-school Day, Not more than 40 Hours in a Non-school Week, and Not Before 7 a.m. nor After 7 p.m. (9 p.m. from June 1st through Labor Day).
Children under sixteen years of age may not be employed in any work which by reason of the nature of the work is dangerous to life or limb, or in which the child’s health may be injured or their morals depraved.
In talking about the employment labor posters and how those laws relate to employees, I often run across new or changed labor laws. Today I have found a change in Nebraska’s employment labor poster, specifically the one regarding unemployment insurance. This poster was just updated, and is going to be required to be used in place of the old one. In fact, this change just took place this month, September 2006.
Employers have the sole responsibility of finding out about changes in the law and updating their posters. It falls squarely on their shoulders if posters are found to be missing, torn, or simply old.
By updating the employment labor posters as soon as changes occur, employers are acting in compliance with the law. But (and this at least as important as the employer compliance issue) by putting the posters out there as a constant reminder they are keeping everybody informed of the laws. They are giving a constant reminder to everyone that compliance is required from each and every person in the business.
So, the Nebraska ( NE ) Employment Labor Posters that I am talking about are: OSHA-Health and Safety Protection, Emergency Numbers Notice, Minimum Wage Law, Discrimination Notice, and the Child Labor Law.
Besides those state laws, there are several Federal posting requirements. You may notice that there is an overlap in some of them, like the minimum wage law. That is because the government sets out the standard, but then states are allowed to step in and make their own employment labor laws if they so choose. At any rate, the federal employment labor posters include the following regulations: USERRA – Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law, Federal Minimum Wage, Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and OSHA-Job Safety & Health Protection.
Nebraska Workforce development is in charge of making sure the businesses in Nebraska display the labor law posters for Nebraska. These posters must be kept in an area where all employees have a great chance of seeing them. The labor law posters for Nebraska should be kept up – to – date and free of any obstructions. All employees must have access to the labor law posters for Nebraska.
Inside the workplace it’s the employer’s job to make sure the correct posters are kept in the correct places. The labor law posters for Nebraska don’t have to be updated every year but they do need to be changed when the law that is covered on the poster changes. The employer must be sure to make the appropriate changes. Also, if the business is large, it may be necessary for the employer to display the labor law posters for Nebraska in more than one area in the workplace.
There are many state and federal requirements for the labor law posters for Nebraska. These laws include: Your Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (Federal Minimum Wage and Child Labor), Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Notice to Employees (Nebraska’s Minimum Wage), Family Medical Leave Act, Job Safety and Health Protection, Discrimination, Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and Unemployment Insurance.
The exact requirements for each workplace depend on the size and the type of the business. The labor law posters for Nebraska need to be displayed wherever the law requires them to be. These posters provide employees with their rights and protections under the law. If an employee feels that he/she has been treated unfairly and that one of the required laws was broken, he/she should report the incident to the Nebraska Workforce Development.
As violations of the child labor laws move to the forefront in Nebraska, it’s crucial that all employers update their mandatory posters through a service that provides labor law posters for Nebraska. In recent news, the Nebraska Workforce Development — Department of Labor reports a number of labor violations that put children at risk. Specifically targeted are businesses that exploit youngsters through door-to-door sales of candy in the Omaha and Lincoln areas. Some reports show that children as young as 7 are being lured by these disreputable employers.
According to Labor Commissioner Fernando Lecuona III, such activity violates child labor laws and puts kids in potentially dangerous situations. “Children must be at least 14 years old and have a valid employment certificate to work in this kind of activity,” Lecuona said. “We take violations of this law very seriously. It is imperative that we protect children from the dangers that exist through these door-to-door sales.”
Many employers don’t realize that by not properly displaying the Hours of Employment for Minors poster available from the Nebraska Labor Law Poster Service, they may be violating the law. In coordination with a new federal initiative known as Youth Rules, the Nebraska Workforce Development – Department of Labor is focusing on unscrupulous employers who violate the rules regarding employment of minors.
Bill Hetzler, Labor Law Compliance Manager, said potential threats with these door-to-door sales include traffic dangers and harmful activity that could take place with people who invite the children into their home. “It is important for parents and children to keep a lookout for individuals who violate child labor laws,” Hetzler said. “These individuals post a tremendous danger to children by taking advantage of their vulnerability and putting them in dangerous situations.”
Properly displaying employment posters, including those on Hours of Employment for Minors, is critical to making sure that children are protected in the workplace. “Young people learn a lot of valuable things by obtaining summer jobs, and we don’t want to discourage that,” Lecuona said, “But child labor laws are designed to protect children from potential hazards and we need to make sure these laws are being adhered to.”
Posters required or strongly recommended by the State of Nebraska include:
The Nebraska Complete Labor Law Poster also provides the labor posters required by the Federal government, including the USERRA – Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law, Federal Minimum Wage, Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Family and Medical Leave Act, and OSHA – Job Safety and Health Protection Posters.