EMPLOYMENT LAW NEWS

Poster Spotlight
March 2024 Edition

Important New Posters from California, Arizona, and Nevada

By Dana Holle, GovDocs Associate Counsel
Employment Law and Compliance
Published March 14, 2024
Labor Law Poster Spotlight new posters from California, Nevada, and Arizona GovDocs 2024

In this new monthly series, the GovDocs Employment Law & Compliance Team highlights three recent labor law poster releases that employers need to know about.

 

California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Poster

Recently, there was a posting update to the California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination and Harassment Poster (“Discrimination Poster”). Specifically, California’s Civil Rights Department changed the Additional Protections section of the Discrimination Poster to include the following protections:  

  1. Protections against discrimination based on an employee or job applicant’s use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace  
  2. Up to five days of job-protected bereavement leave within three months of the death of a family member (child, spouse, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, domestic partner, or parent-in-law)  
  3. Up to five days of job-protected leave following a reproductive loss event (failed adoption, failed surrogacy, miscarriage, stillbirth, or unsuccessful assisted reproduction)  

The new additions to the Discrimination Poster encompass several employment law-related bills recently passed in the Golden State. Governor Newsome signed Assembly Bill 2188 (AB 2188) on Sep. 18, 2022, which made it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against employees or applicants for their use of cannabis “off the job and away from the workplace” or who test positive for cannabis use during certain employer-required drug screening tests. California also adopted Senate Bill 848 (SB 848) on Oct. 10, 2023, which prohibits an employer from refusing an employee request to take up to 5 days of bereavement or reproductive loss leave.  

Both AB 2188 and SB 848 went into effect on Jan. 1, 2024, which correlates with the updates to the Discrimination Poster. The updated poster must be displayed in the workplace by all employers. Further, employers with 10% or more non-English-speaking employees must display the Discrimination Poster in any additional language. Currently, the Civil Rights Department has released the poster in Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.  

The GovDocs Update Program is currently shipping new posters out to impacted customer locations. 

Tucson, Arizona Minimum Wage Poster

Tucson’s Minimum Wage Poster updated to reflect the new minimum wage of $14.35 that went into effect at the start of the year. 

During the November 2021 election, Tucson voters approved a minimum wage ballot measure, or Proposition 205, which adopted The Tucson Minimum Wage Act (the Act). The Act was supposed to gradually increase the citywide minimum wage to $15.00 by Jan. 1, 2025, then subsequently update each January based on the previous year’s inflation rate.  

Accordingly, Tucson’s wage rate was set to increase to $14.25 on Jan. 1, 2024. However, Arizona announced that the state minimum wage was increasing to $14.35, ten cents higher than Tucson’s scheduled minimum wage. In accordance with Arizona law and applying the most beneficial minimum wage rate applicable to employees, Tucson increased its city wage to Arizona’s $14.35 on Jan. 1, 2024.  

Notably, the Act does not include a posting requirement. However, Tucson’s Business Services Department has released an updated minimum wage poster in English and Spanish for each of the last three years. The Tucson Minimum Wage Poster expressly states that the poster must be conspicuously posted in a place that is accessible to all employees.  

To keep locations up to date with the most current version of the poster, GovDocs is now shipping the revised Tucson Minimum Wage Poster out to impacted customer locations. There is also a digital version available for quick access through GovDocs’ Internet Poster Program. 

Nevada COVID Vaccination Leave Poster 

While this is not a new labor law poster release, a poster expiration is another important posting update for employers to monitor and act on if necessary. In this case, Nevada’s COVID Vaccination Leave poster has been inactivated.  

The poster originally released in the summer of 2021 and provided information to employees on their right to take a total of 4 additional hours of paid leave to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, which was added under Senate Bill No. 209 (SB 209). The COVID Vaccination Leave poster was required to be displayed for private employers with 50 or more employees in Nevada.  

As a result of the paid vaccine leave requirements expiring on Dec. 31, 2023, the poster no longer needs to be posted, so employers can remove the posting from their workplace locations.  

Conclusion 

The beginning of a new year is a great time to audit locations for labor law poster compliance. A good place to start is by taking a close look at any locations you may have in California, Tucson, and Nevada. You’ll want to verify that they have the most updated labor law posters displayed at their facilities and remove any expired postings that are no longer in effect. 

This Employment Law News blog is intended for market awareness only, it is not to be used for legal advice or counsel.

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