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4 New Obligations Employers Should Be Aware Of In 2013

United States employers are going to be subjected to numerous new obligations come the Jan. 1, 2013. What kind of obligations will they need to contend with?

1 – Increase In Minimum Wage

In nine states – Washington, Vermont, Rhode Island, Oregon, Ohio, Montana, Florida, Colorado and Arizona – will see an increase in their minimum hourly wage. San Francisco will boost its minimum wage to $10.55 per hour, which is the highest in the U.S.

2 – California Commission Arrangements

Any arrangement between a commission and a California employee must be clearly stated in writing no later than Jan.1, 2013. In the written agreement, the following must be defined:

– How commissions are calculated
– When commissions are earned
– When commissions are paid
– How commissions are calculated upon employment ending

3 – Employment Notice Of New York

Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 1, 2013, and under the Wage Theft Prevention Act, employers in New York must notify all employees in writing about the following things:

– The rate of pay – overtime included -, how pay is determined, when payday is and any allowances
– Official name of employer, address, phone number, etc.

The state’s Department of Labor provides sample forms employers can use.

4 – Protection For Social Media Passwords

In New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and California, laws recently went into an effect prohibiting employers or potential employer from demanding employee’s or prospective employee’s passwords to social media sites. 14 more states have laws that are pending regarding the practice. For safety’s sake, an employer should talk with an attorney before they ask for that information from their employees.

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