It is especially important that employers update their 2008 Wyoming labor law posters. Each year brings a number of changes to the state labor laws, and this year certainly had more than its share, including a change to the federal minimum wage.
The updated list of 2008 Wyoming labor law posters is:
- OSHA – Health and Safety Protection
- Workers’ Compensation
- Discrimination Notice
- Minimum Wage
- Unemployment Insurance
Employers are required to display each of these posters in a prominent location where they can be viewed by both employees and applicants.
In addition, all employers must display updated federal labor law posters including:
- 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
Labor law poster serve as a handy reminder for supervisors and employees alike.
They provide important information on the minimum wage, worker safety, medical leave and child labor laws.
Under both federal and state law, these posters must be updated each time there is a change in legislation.
A change in the federal minimum wage on July 24, 2007 required that the Federal Minimum Wage posters be updated. On that date, the federal minimum wage increased for the first time in more than a decade. The rate went from $5.15 per hour to $5.85 per hour, an increase of 70 cents.
From state to state, there is a wide range of overtime laws and rules governing the minimum wage for employees who receive tips. That’s why each state requires a different set of labor law posters.
The minimum wage for tipped employees varies broadly from one state to the next. So do the overtime laws. These are just some of the items that are covered on each state’s respective labor law posters. Here are a few outstanding examples.
Minimum wage laws for tipped workers like servers often simply follow the federal rate of $2.13 an hour. The idea is that employers need not pay the usual minimum wage because the workers are making up the difference in tips. This is the “tip credit” for employers.
Kentucky, Indiana, Nebraska, and other states follow the federal rate.
Some states offer just a little more than the federal rate:
- North Carolina, $2.43
- Wisconsin, $2.33
- Massachusetts, $2.63
- Michigan, $2.65
The minimum wage for tipped employees in Kansas is only $1.59.
At the opposite extreme, some states offer little or no tip credit. In these states, employees are paid the same minimum wage, or nearly the same minimum wage, as other workers. They include:
- Washington, none ($8.07 per hour wage starting January 1)
- Colorado, wage for tipped workers $8.07 per hour in 2008
- Hawaii, 25-cent tip credit, wage $7 per hour compared to usual $7.25
Some states allow employers very little tip credit. In other words, tipped workers get larger minimum wages – sometimes very close to the wages of workers who do not receive tips. For example, in the state of Washington, there is no tip credit, so workers will be getting $8.07 an hour starting January 1. In Colorado, tipped workers will receive $4.00 an hour in 2008. In Hawaii, employers get only a 25-cent an hour tip credit. In other words, tipped workers get $7 an hour rather than the regular $7.25. But in Michigan, tipped employees receive a minimum wage of just $2.65 an hour.
Under federal overtime law, workers get 1.5 times their normal pay for any hour over 40. Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Arizona, and Georgia are among states with no laws of their own. They’re covered by federal law, which does not guarantee minimum wage for every kind of worker, regardless of number of hours worked.
When you think of hazards in the workplace, you probably think of faulty scaffolding, dangerous machinery or tanker truck explosions. Yet, the most common hazard in the workplace is far more mundane.
Wet floors and crowded hallways are two of the main causes of slips, trips, and falls in the workplace.
Cleaning up and posting an updated Wyoming Slips Trips Falls Poster are ways employers can enhance safety and comply with revised Delaware OSHA standards.
Slips, trips, and falls are a more serious source of injury than is often realized. According to OSHA – the Occupational Safety and Health Administration – slips, trips, and falls follow only motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death. They represent 15% of all accidental deaths, and are probably the number one accident issue in industry generally.
Most of the frequently ignored guidelines for preventing slips, trips, and falls, involve cleanup, or simple housekeeping. According to OSHA, workplaces – specifically storerooms, service rooms, and passageways, must be kept clean and orderly.
Here are some of the OSHA workplace housekeeping standards:
- The floors of all workrooms must be kept clean, and dry wherever possible. Where the work involves what are called “wet processes,” drainage is required, along with mats, raised platforms, or gratings.
- All passageways, floors, and work spaces generally must be kept free of certain objects – splinters, nails, holes, and loose boards.
- Aisles and passages must be kept repaired and clear. No potentially hazardous obstructions are allowed.
- Permanent passageways and aisles must be appropriately marked.
- Aisles must be wide enough to accommodate mechanical handling equipment.
- There must be room enough for two people to pass.
A way for employees to cope with these kinds of accidents is to prominently post a Slips Trips Falls Poster – brought up to date to reflect the recent Wyoming OSHA standards. The poster reminds employees to clean up after each spill. A solid safety awareness policy is critical.
We’ve all heard about the Wild Wild West. But those days are gone for the most part. Sure, in far out places like Wyoming, they still have dude ranches and cowboys, they still wrangle cattle and ride on the open prairie, but at the same time, all of those employees at the dude ranch and all of those cowboys are protected by the state’s employment law, not to mention the employment laws of the federal government way back east in Washington, D.C.
In comes the Wyoming Labor Law Posters then. These posters are the representative and symbol of all of the rights that employees have in the state, and employers must post them in the work sites in a very open and accessible place for this very reason. It’s a declaration of their, the employers’, commitment to following the rules of the land when it comes to treatment of employees and working conditions and pay.
In these Wyoming Labor Law Posters, the postings include the six on federal rules and regulations for employment. These should all be very familiar to us after weeks of discussing them here in this blog. But just in case, here you go again:
There is the Family and Medical Leave Act posting, the minimum wage posting, the Polygraph Protection posting, the OSHA posting, the USERRA posting for armed servicemen employees, and the Equal Employment Opportunity posting.
There are also five mandatory postings in the Wyoming Labor Law Posters on state rules and regulations on employment and labor laws. These include a whole different set of postings in the Wyoming Labor Law Posters than those previously mentioned, including the state OSHA posting, the unemployment insurance posting, the minimum wage posting, the workers’ comp posting, and the discrimination posting. All told, those 11 postings must be included in the Wyoming Labor Law Posters, no matter how far West or Wild the employers may be.
The labor law posters for Wyoming are required to be posted in every workplace throughout Wyoming. These posters explain the rights and protections that workers are afforded under the law. The labor law posters for Wyoming must be placed where all employees have a very good chance of seeing them. It’s the employer’s job to make sure the labor law posters for Wyoming are displayed in an appropriate area.
It’s also the employer’s job to make sure the correct labor law posters for Wyoming are displayed in the workplace. Not every poster is required to be displayed in every workplace. The exact posting requirements depend on the size and the type of the business where the posters are being displayed.
The state posting requirements for the labor law posters for Wyoming are: OSHA – Health and Safety Requirements, Workers’ Compensation, Discrimination Notice, Minimum Wage, and Unemployment Insurance. The federal requirements are the same for all fifty states including Wyoming.
If a worker feels the law has been broken, he/she should file a complaint. The labor law posters for Wyoming tell a person how and where to file a complaint. No worker can be retaliated against for filing a complaint.
The labor law posters for Wyoming need to be updated whenever the applicable law changes. It’s the employer’s job to know when a poster needs to be updated.
Employees should make sure they know where the labor law posters for Wyoming are located and what they read. Employers need to know about the laws that provide them with rights and protections.
It is against the law for employers not to display the most current labor law posters for Wyoming. It’s also against the law for employers to display the posters in the wrong place. Employers who break the law may be subject to citations and/or fines.
If you’re a Wyoming employer, it is up to you to make sure your company tracks the changes to employment labor laws and the corresponding Wyoming (WY) Employment Labor Posters. This can be time consuming and costly, but the alternative is that you are not in compliance with the law. Non compliance can bring on fines and citations.
It is also up to you to make sure the posters are not altered, either by being torn or by someone marking them up, and to make sure that people can see them. This means first posting them in places that your employees visit often, then checking from time to time to be sure the posters are not covered up by other materials. Sometimes they are removed by employees who don’t realize their importance, and that’s not acceptable either.
You probably are already aware of the employment labor laws that you have to post, but I’m going to go over them in this blog today in case any have been added since the last time you checked. Some of them may also have changed. Folks, I promise you that the easiest way to ensure that your company is both current and compliant is by checking back with us often, as we try to make you aware of changes as soon as they occur.
The Wyoming (WY) Employment Labor Posters that are required by law to be displayed in the workplace are: OSHA – Health and Safety Protection, Workers’ Compensation, Discrimination Notice, Minimum Wage Law, and the Unemployment Insurance Notice.
There are also Federal labor law posters that are required to be placed in view of all employees. They are:
Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law
OSHA – Job Safety and Health Protection
Employee Polygraph Protection Act
Federal Minimum Wage
Family and Medical Leave Act
USERRA – Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act