August 2018 has been a big month for state labor law posting updates. Texas had its first state posting updates since 2013, and South Carolina added a new required Spanish posting.
Texas updated its Notice to Employees (Hazard Communications Act) and Employer Notification – Ombudsman Program postings. These updates may not seem critical, but the Texas legislature has deemed the changes important enough for an entire posting update. Here’s what changed on each:
- Notice to Employees (Hazard Communications Act)
- Updated contact information, including:
- Division name
- Website address
- Employer Notification – Ombudsman Program
- Posting is revised and reformatted
- Font size increased
- Footer information updated
- The posting is now written into the physical law, which is uncommon. Usually, the law simply states there is a posting required, but does not actually include the posting details.
Each posting is effective on Sept. 1, 2018.
South Carolina’s new Spanish posting, Employment Discrimination (Spanish), summarizes its new Pregnancy Accommodations Act, which requires employers with 15 or more employees to:
- Provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees and new mothers
- Notify employees (hired after May 17, 2018) of their rights, in writing, at the time of hire
- Display the accompanying posting for employees in a conspicuous area
The new posting must be displayed by Sept. 14, 2018.