Key employment facts, such as minimum wage rates by state, state overtime variations and limitations on credit checks by state, presented in an easy-to-follow format.

This tool enables you to:

  • Check key facts, rates and legal requirements quickly and easily.
  • Plan ahead in relation to tax withholding requirements and benefits analysis.
  • Keep up to date with key leave law requirements by state, such as paid sick leave and voting leave.

New and Updated

  • Ban the Box Laws by State and Municipality

    The introduction of federal "Ban the Box" legislation follows that of a host of big cities and some states which already have enacted laws prohibiting employers from asking applicants if they have been convicted of a felony on initial application forms.

  • Internal Revenue Code Conformity by State

    Some states that require employers to withhold income taxes from employees' wages tie their definitions of "wages" to the federal Internal Revenue Code (IRC). However, many states update their IRC references to a specific date every year or so, while others roll their references into the current version of the IRC. Even with IRC conformity, some states have important exceptions. This Quick Reference chart summarizes each state's IRC conformity reference.

  • Minimum Wage Rates by State and Municipality

    Many states and municipalities have minimum wage requirements. This Quick Reference chart sets forth the state minimum wage rates for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. It also covers selected local minimum wage ordinances that apply to most or all employees who work within a particular jurisdiction.

  • Leave Laws by State

    Updated to include Spokane, WA's earned sick and safe time law, effective January 1, 2017.

  • Paid Sick Leave by State and Municipality

    This chart lists the state and key municipalities that have passed laws requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave to certain eligible employees. A number of states and municipalities have legislation pending or coming soon.

  • Washington Workplace Labor and Employment Law Posters

    Updated to reflect the Seattle Wage Theft Prevention and Harmonization Ordinance, including the addition of a Fair Chance Employment Poster and other updates. See Seattle Wage Theft Prevention and Harmonization Ordinance.

  • Pay Statement and Pay Rate Notification Requirements by State

    Updated to reflect new pay statement requirements under the Seattle Wage Theft Prevention and Harmonization Ordinance, effective April 1, 2016.

  • Form W-2 Electronic-Filing Requirements by State

    The IRS requires employers filing 250 or more Forms W-2 to file them electronically by March 31 of every year, and many states have adopted this standard. Effective starting with Forms W-2 filed in 2017, the due date changes to January 31. However, while most states require employers filing Forms W-2 to file them electronically, filing thresholds, due dates and acceptable media vary. This Quick Reference chart summarizes each state's e-filing requirements.

  • Annual Reconciliation Return Forms and Deadlines by State

    Most states require employers to file annual reconciliation returns after the end of each calendar year. This Quick Reference chart summarizes each state's filing requirements.

  • Final Wage Payment Requirements by State

    This Quick Reference chart summarizes each state's requirements on when to pay final wages to an employee who has separated from employment, as well as how to treat any accrued but unused vacation time.

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