New Government Regulations for 2012

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Here is a description of new HR-related regulatory changes that become effective in 2012:

NLRB Union Poster Mandate Postponed Again
April 30, 2012 is the new date when most private-sector employers will be required to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act.  Read more on this topic on the HRnetSource HRIS blog (

NLRB Approves ‘Quickie’ Union Election Rule
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Dec. 21, 2011, approved a set of sweeping revisions to the rules governing union election procedures. The change was designed to speed up union representation votes and possibly make it easier for organized labor to recruit and gain new members.  The rule takes effect on April 30.

California and New York – Wage Theft Protection Act
The California Wage Theft Protection Act of 2011 became effective January 1, 2012.  The bill requires that all employers provide each employee at the time of hire with a written notice that contains specified information and must be provided in the language the employer normally uses to communicate employment-related information to the employee. Sample notices can be downloaded from the California State web site (

The State of New York has a similar law that took effect on April 9, 2011.  The New York law requires notices to be sent to all employees each February 1 beginning in 2012.  For more information go to the New York state web site: (

Several States Increased Minimum Wages Effective 1/1/2012

Here is a list of states where the minimum wage was increased effective January 1:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Montana
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • The minimum wage to qualify for the California Computer Professional exemption increased 2.5% to $81,026.25 annually
  • Plus the city of San Francisco


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