Effective starting August 1, 2016, large employers will be required to pay employees a minimum of $9.50 per hour. This is expected to affect about 287,000 workers in Minnesota. Small employers, which have annual receipts of less than $500,000 are allowed to pay a minimum wage of $7.75 per hour.
· As of August 1, 2016, employers are required to post the revised Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage Poster. It can be downloaded here.
· As of August 1, 2016, employers are required to post the revised Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Poster. It can be downloaded here.
USDOL Announces Increase in Penalties
· Minimum Wage and Overtime Penalties- Starting August 1, 2016, the maximum penalty for a violation will increase from $1,100 to $1,894. This fine is a per-person charge based on how many employees were unlawfully paid. The DOL also has the power to assert a penalty for willfulness if the employer knew that it was a violation or acted in disregard for whether it was.
· OSHA Penalty Increases- OSHA’s maximum penalties will increase by 78% starting August 1, 2016.
1. Serious Other-Than-Serious Posting Requirements- $12,471
2. Failure to Abate- $$12,471 per day beyond the abatement date
3. Willful or Repeated- $124,709
· There were other penalty increases including ERISA and immigration related violations. For further detailed information, click here.
· Effective August 1, 2016, a new law will allow the carrying of concealed handguns by handgun license holders in university buildings including public and private colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher learning.