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Minimum wage poster update needed in more than a dozen states

Other federal, state, and local laws also bring mandatory poster revisions

Posted January 2, 2018

The New Year ushers in a minimum wage increase in 18 states, and in many states the increase is accompanied by a new minimum wage poster.

A new minimum wage poster for 2018 was released by:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Maine
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Washington

The minimum wage also increased in California, Hawaii, Michigan, and Vermont. However, these states previously updated their minimum wage poster to show rates for multiple years, including 2018, so employers who were up-to-date on their postings don’t need to put up a new poster at this time.

The new state minimum wage rates (shown in the chart below) took effect on January 1, 2018, in all states except New York, where it became effective on December 31, 2017.

Employers should make sure the current minimum wage poster is on the wall, to comply with state laws and make employees aware of the new rate. When a state has its own minimum wage, both the state and federal minimum wage posters must be displayed.

Federal contractor minimum wage change

Employers with federal contracts may also need to display an updated poster. The United States Department of Labor (DOL) made a mandatory change to the federal contractor minimum wage posting to show the 2018 rate of $10.35 per hour.

The “Worker Rights Under Executive Order 13658” posting applies to employers with new and replacement contracts covered by the executive order. The posting shows the federal minimum wage for contractors, which is adjusted annually for inflation.

Additional poster updates

A new minimum wage is the most common reason for a mandatory poster change at the beginning of the year, but other laws also brought recent poster updates.

Employers in the states listed should make sure they are displaying the most recent version of the following posters:

  • Alaska – Safety and Health Protection on the Job (injury reporting law change effective May 23, 2016, poster released December 12, 2017)
  • California – Transgender Rights in the Workplace (law effective January 1, 2018)
  • California – California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination and Harassment (update adding sexual harassment information, effective January 1, 2018)
  • Hawaii – Wage and Hour Laws (Family Leave Law change effective July 11, 2017, poster released December 18, 2017)
  • Nevada – Domestic Violence Bulletin (law effective January 1, 2018)
  • North Carolina – Wage and Hour Notice (Employee Fair Classification Act effective December 31, 2017)
  • Vermont – Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy (law effective January 1, 2018)
  • Washington – Your Rights as a Worker (Paid Sick Leave law effective January 1, 2018)

New local posters required

Employers in some cities and counties have additional posting obligations and must display posters under local laws. Businesses in the communities listed should make sure they have the 2018 version of their municipal poster displayed:


  • Flagstaff – Minimum Wage Law


  • Cupertino – Minimum Wage
  • El Cerrito – Minimum Wage
  • Los Altos – Minimum Wage
  • Mountain View – Minimum Wage
  • Oakland – Minimum Wage
  • Palo Alto – Minimum Wage
  • Richmond – Minimum Wage
  • San Diego – Minimum Wage
  • San Francisco – Heath Care Security Ordinance, Paid Parental Leave
  • Santa Clara – Minimum Wage
  • San Jose – Minimum Wage
  • San Mateo – Minimum Wage
  • Sunnyvale – Minimum Wage


  • Broward County – Living Wage Ordinance for county contractors
  • Miami-Dade County – Living Wage for Service Contracts


  • Minneapolis – Minimum Wage

New Mexico

  • Albuquerque – Minimum Wage
  • Bernalillo County – Minimum Wage


  • Seattle – Minimum Wage
  • Tacoma – Minimum Wage

Industry-specific changes

In some states and cities, specific posters are required for employers in certain industries. Employers in the industries and locations listed below need a new or updated posting for 2018:


  • Emeryville – Fair Workweek posting for employers in the retail and fast food industries

New Jersey

  • Wage Orders for hotel and motel, food service, and seasonal amusement occupations
  • Discrimination in Housing posting for real estate brokers who sell or rent property
  • Discrimination in Public Accommodations posting for places of public accommodation

New York

  • Fair Work Practices postings for employers in the retail and fast food industries
  • Minimum wage posters for the building service, agricultural, and hospitality industries
State Minimum Wage and Poster Updates 2018
State New Rate New Minimum Wage Poster Needed?
Alaska $9.84 Yes
Arizona $10.50 Yes
California* $10.50; $11 No
Colorado $10.20 Yes
Florida $8.25 Yes
Hawaii $10.10 No
Maine $10 Yes
Michigan $9.25 No
Minnesota* $7.87; $9.65 Yes
Missouri $7.85 Yes
Montana* $8.30; $4 Yes
New Jersey $8.60 Yes
New York** $10.40; $11; $12; $13 Yes
Ohio $8.30 Yes
Rhode Island $10.10 Yes
South Dakota $8.85 Yes
Vermont $10.50 No
Washington*** $9.78; $11.50 Yes

*Rate varies based on business size.

**Rate varies based on location. Effective December 31, 2017.

***Workers 14 or 15 years old may be paid a lower rate.

This article was written by Terri Dougherty of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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