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.

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  • 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.

  • Health Care Continuation Coverage (Mini-COBRA) Laws by State

    This chart helps employers understand each state's health care continuation coverage requirements. These so-called "mini-COBRA" laws cover smaller employers or may otherwise provide greater rights than the federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • California Workplace Labor and Employment Law Posters

    In addition to federal posting requirements, an California employer should ensure compliance with individual state and local requirements for workplace posters. This chart contains information regarding California-specific notice posting requirements.

  • Illinois Workplace Labor and Employment Law Posters

    In addition to federal posting requirements, an Illinois employer should ensure compliance with individual state and local requirements for workplace posters. This chart contains information regarding Illinois-specific notice posting requirements.

  • Termination Pay Requirements by State

    This Quick Reference chart summarizes each state's requirements on when to pay final wages to a terminated employee as well as how to treat any accrued but unused vacation time.

  • Tax Treatment of Same-Sex Couple Benefits by State

    Despite the DOMA decision handed down by the Supreme Court in Windsor, state laws still vary greatly regarding both the recognition of same-sex marriage and the taxation of benefits provided to an employee's same-sex spouse by an employer. This Quick Reference chart summarizes federal and state law regarding whether same-sex marriages, civil unions and/or domestic partnerships are recognized, and whether the value of benefits provided by an employer to an employee's same-sex spouse or civil union or domestic partner is taxable. This chart will be updated when any changes in these laws occur.

  • Massachusetts Workplace Labor and Employment Law Posters

    In addition to federal posting requirements, a Massachusetts employer should ensure compliance with individual state and local requirements for workplace posters. This chart contains information regarding Massachusetts-specific notice posting requirements.

  • Jury Duty Leave Laws by State

    Employers should always be prepared to respond to an employee's request for time off to respond to jury service summons or subpoenas, to attend court for prospective jury service or to serve as a juror. This Quick Reference chart covers each state's various requirements for private employers, including whether an employee needs to meet any eligibility requirements; provide advance notice or documentation requesting time off; and more.

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