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On October 1, when Connecticut updated its law protecting domestic violence victims from discrimination, it added something extra.

In addition to making it illegal for employers to discriminate against someone based on their status as a victim of domestic violence, it also required employers to post information about domestic violence resources in the state.

It might seem that requiring employers to place a paper posting on the wall is an old-fashioned way of sharing information in the workplace. However, it’s far from out of style.

The number of posting requirements that have been added nationwide in the past few years tell the story.

States added eight new posting requirements in 2020, and these seven were added in 2021 and 2022:

  • Connecticut: Domestic Violence Resources
  • Louisiana: Pregnancy Accommodation
  • Nevada: AB 190, SB209, and AB307 required postings
  • New Mexico: Paid Sick Leave
  • New York: Whistleblower Rights
  • Oklahoma: Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Virginia: Minimum Wage, Disability Accommodations, Seizure First Aid

In addition, a new posting requirement was added for federal contractors in 2022. Contractors covered by Executive Order 14026 must display a poster that shows the applicable minimum wage rate.

Local posting requirements expand

Cities and counties also see the value in physical posters, and typically require employers to post information about a new minimum wage or paid leave law.

For example, these cities recently added posting requirements:

  • Howard County, Maryland
  • Foster City, California
  • West Hollywood, California
  • Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Tucson, Arizona

More to come

States aren’t done yet; additional posting requirements are on the way. Oregon will add a paid leave posting in January 2023, and Colorado and New Hampshire have paid leave insurance laws that will be taking effect in 2023 and 2024. New paid leave posting requirements are likely there as well.

Key to remember: Federal, state, and local agencies continue to see posters as an essential means of communicating with employees and making them aware of their rights under employment laws. When a new law and posting requirement take effect, employers are expected to post the required information. Stay on top of state and local regulatory updates to remain in compliance.