Keeping up with the changes to labor laws and the posting requirements that go along with those laws can be a challenge. You may remember, that in October the EEOC “Know Your Rights” poster replaced the “EEO is the Law” poster. This was the first mandatory update to the required federal posters in six years.
However, since then two important federal laws passed in late December. The first new law to take effect is the Provide Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP). This act expands the rights of nursing mothers to all workers. Followed by the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which provides anti-discrimination protections for pregnant employees.
Federal Poster Updates
These new laws both include mandatory posting requirements for employers. First, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) poster was updated in April. The new poster covers the expanded rights for nursing mothers under the PUMP Act. Next, in June the Know Your Rights poster was revised. The revision includes the types of employment discrimination that are prohibited under the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Further, it includes failure to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnancy as a practice that is employment discrimination. In addition, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) poster had a non-mandatory update in April. (The U.S. Department of Labor maintains that the April 2016 and February 2013 versions still fulfill the posting requirement.)
A helpful solution
All these changes in such a short period of time magnify the value of our Poster Subscription Plan. When a major, mandatory change occurs while your subscription is active, we will provide you complimentary updated copies with your subscription service. The subscription renews yearly, offering an easy solution to compliance with labor law. You’ll automatically receive a new, yearly set of posters, hassle free.
Furthermore, the federal posting updates aren’t the only requirements that employers need to be aware of. Many states have been updating labor laws as well. For example, since January almost a dozen states have updated at least one of their mandatory posters.
States with updates since January:
- South Carolina
- New York
- New Jersey
- Washington DC
- Rhode Island
This trend in labor law requirements is likely to continue. Tracking all the changes can be complicated. That’s why at NSC we constantly monitor it for you. The most efficient way to stay compliant is with our Poster Subscription Plan.