Labor laws saw a lot of changes during 2007. As the New Year approaches, businesses should take the time to ensure that their labor law posters reflect these changes.
Michigan employers need to understand that many of the changes apply to them as well, and that their posters need to be updated.
The updated list of 2008 Pennsylvania labor law posters include:
- Child Labor Law
- Workers’ Compensation Labor Law Poster
- Unemployment Insurance
- Discrimination Notice
- Right to Know
- Minimum Wage
- Employment Provisions
- Public Accommodation
- Equal Pay
These posters must be displayed by every employer in the state of Michigan. In addition, federal law requires that employers display a number of posters related to nationwide statutes.
The 2008 labor law posters required by federal law are:
- 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
- OSHA-Job Safety & Health Protection
The year 2007 saw more changes to labor laws than most years do. Some of the changes during 2007 had to do with smoking and the sale of cigarettes.
In Alaska, Child Labor Laws prohibit anyone under the age of 19 from buying cigarettes. Until October, though, a teen could work where cigarettes were sold, such as convenience stores and gas stations. Concern was expressed that teens working in these places could be selling cigarettes to their underage buddies. The Child Labor Laws were therefore amended to also ban anyone under the age of 19 from selling cigarettes.
Two states enacted strict bans on smoking in the workplace. In Illinois, almost every employment venue, including restaurants, bars and casinos went non-smoking. Ohio, too, banned smoking and posted no-smoking signs at all entrances at all workplaces.
The other changes during 2007 had to do with increases in the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage went up from $5.15 to $5.85 per hour in 2007 as a result of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. Several states across the country also raised their minimum wage at the same time.
At other times in 2007, many other states enacted raises for their minimum wage, too. West Virginia, Maine, Washington, Oregon and Oklahoma did so, along with a number of other states.
The minimum wage is scheduled to go up again in 2008. On July 24, the federal minimum wage will increase from $5.85 to $6.55 per hour. As with the increase in 2007, several other states will bump up their minimum wage, too, as a result of the federal minimum going up.
Also, during the 2007, several other states, including Utah, Washington, Oregon, and West Virginia increased their state minimum wage.
Employers are required by law to ensure that all labor law posters for 2008 are up to date. Failure to comply with the law can result in a fine for the business.
One of the major changes during 2007 related to minimum wage. The federal minimum wage, as a result of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007, went from $5.15 to $5.58 per hour. Nearly a dozen states increased their minimum wage on the same day.
Both state and federal law require that every employer prominently display the posters in an area where they can been seen by every employee. Popular locations are a bulletin board, near the time clock or in the break room.
The most common reason for employers to update posters includes statute changes, especially to minimum wage laws. In just the past few months, employers in New Hampshire, Nevada and Maine have updated their labor law posters as the state minimum wages changed. The most recent increase was on October 1, 2007 when the New Hampshire minimum wage increased to $6.50 per hour.
The U.S. Dept. of Labor has released the final USERRA laws. All Pennsylvania USERRA posters should be posted with the most current information. Every employer should have one on display.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) of 1994 was created to allow those who temporarily serve in the military to return to the same job when their term is over. Veterans along with National Guard and Reserve members are also protected under this act.
The updated USERRA laws now include federal government employees as eligible individuals who can file a claim. The Federal government and the United States Postal Service have a different claims process than other types of workers. VETS, Veterans Employment and Training Service, normally handles all initial claims. If there is a dispute, federal government employees’ claims are then referred to the Office of Special Counsel. From there, the claim is taken over by the Merit Systems Protection Board. This is unlike other workers, whose claims would be referred to the Department of Justice. The next step would then be federal district court.
Normally, there isn’t much of a dispute over rehiring a returning soldier. Once the VETS is contacted, and they investigate, military workers are able to return to their civilian jobs without a huge problem.
People who are eligible for claims have usually served for less than five years. USERRA provides for up to five years of job protection (the right to be rehired). In special cases, such as disability or injury during service, reemployment may be granted beyond five years. Maximum in those cases is sometimes seven years of absence due to military service and recovery, although exceptional cases may allow for longer than seven years. The five years do not have to be consecutive. All years of separation from work due to military service are counted, even if they are not one right after the other.
Like other safety posters out there, a Hearing Conservation Poster can protect your workers from the dangers of the job. Whether they are on a construction site, in a busy factory, or on the floor of an amphitheater working a rock concert, your employees need to be reminded to protect one of their most valuable senses, their hearing.
A Hearing Conservation Poster can remind them of the need to protect their hearing, all while not requiring a huge expenditure on your part. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound in cure. Hanging a Hearing Conservation Poster on the work site in an easy to see place is an easy and cheap way to catch employees’ attentions and get them talking about hearing safety.
The Hearing Conservation Poster doesn’t have to be complicated artists achievements either. Some for instance for work site under construction can be a full color picture of a bulldozer or other heavy machinery, with the reminder at the bottom for employees that this machine is loud and can damage their hearing. It then tells them to wear protective ear coverings.
The truth is this may sound silly but it’s incredibly important for workers who work at sites with a lot of sound. It’s crucial for you, their employer, too. Noise damage is one of the most common and debilitating forms of occupational health issues. After all, exposure to high levels of loud noise can not only damage a person’s ears but lead to other health issues as well.
Following the guidance of state and federal agencies, a sound hearing protection program can include a Hearing Conservation Poster, as well as other teaching materials to get the word out about protection one’s hearing. It can help to get employees to listen up to the benefits of protecting their ears.
Every state in the United States has laws about employment and labor relations. These laws not only protect the employee, they can protect the employer from liability and other issues. By being aware of the laws, everyone benefits. The work environment is safer and people know where to go for information or for help.
The state of Pennsylvania requires that many of their employment laws be displayed in a visible location at every workplace so that employees can educate themselves about the laws. Pennsylvania (PA) Employment Labor Posters that are required include: Child Labor Law, Unemployment Insurance, Discrimination Notice, Right to Know, Minimum Wage, Employment Provisions, Public Accommodation, and Equal Pay.
Quite frankly, I think this is a large number of laws to keep up with. It is totally the responsibility of the employer to know when changes to these laws have been made. It is also completely up to the employer to obtain copies of the new posters and replace the old ones. If an employer doesn’t do so, he or she is in violation of the Pennsylvania employment labor law.
I know from my research that just this year (2006), there have been changes made to the Pennsylvania Employment Labor Posters for Unemployment Insurance, Workers Compensation, and the Child Labor Law.
So if you’re operating on 2005 posters you’ll want to replace those right away.
Besides the Pennsylvania (PA) Employment Labor Posters, the Federal government has several posting requirements of its own. Just like the state posters, they have to be displayed in the employee lunch room, break room, or other well-visited spot. These include the following posters: 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.
Almost everyone wants to work and make money. All of these workers need to be protected from certain treatments or situations that may harm them. This is why the law requires that the labor law posters for Pennsylvania be displayed in workplaces throughout the state. There are both federal and state required postings for the labor law posters for Pennsylvania.
The labor law posters for Pennsylvania are required to be placed in a conspicuous area in the workplace. This means the labor law posters for Pennsylvania need to be displayed in an area where they are obvious to the employees. The area should be well-lit and it should be a place where employees are known to gather.
The state posting requirements for the labor law posters for Pennsylvania are Child Labor Law, Unemployment Insurance, Right To Know, Discrimination Notice, Minimum Wage, Employment Provisions, Equal Pay, and Public Accommodation. Obviously, the federal posting requirements are the same for every state including Pennsylvania.
The exact posting requirements for each business depend on the size and type of the business. The employer must know which labor law posters for Pennsylvania are required in each workplace. The employer must also place the posters in an appropriate place. If the business is large enough, the labor law posters for Pennsylvania may need to be located in more than one area. Finally, the employer needs to make sure the posters are updated whenever an applicable law changes.
Employees need to make sure they know where the labor law posters for Pennsylvania are located. The employees also need to read the posters so they know what rights and protections they are granted under the law. The labor law posters for Pennsylvania will let a person know what he/she should do and where that person should go if they feel a law has been broken. The law also protects any worker who files a complaint from any type of retaliation.