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Federal minimum wage goes up—and so should your new posters

Official U.S. Labor Department posters available for FREE

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On July 24, 2007, the federal minimum wage went up to $5.85 for all employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Although many states already have higher minimum wages, all employers must display a poster showing the new minimum wage and describing worker rights under the FLSA. You can download official U.S. Labor Department minimum wage posters right here from the HR Specialist web site.

Download and print free posters

Every employer subject to the FLSA minimum wage provisions must post, and keep posted, a notice explaining the FLSA's provisions in all of its establishments so that employees are readily able to read it.

Feel free to print out these official Labor Department posters. Click on the links to download the posters you want.

These are .pdf files, which work using Adobe's Acrobat Reader software. You can download a free copy of the software here. A couple of tips on printing these posters:

  • After you click on the poster link, it may take a few seconds for it to load into Adobe.
  • Make sure the "Page Scaling" box reads: "Reduce to Printer Margins."
  • Small posters will fit on a single 8 1/2 x 11 inch page. The large versions are 11 x 17 inches.

First of three wage hikes

The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 amended the FLSA to increase the federal minimum wage in three steps: to $5.85 per hour effective July 24, 2007; to $6.55 per hour effective July 24, 2008; and to $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009.
Note that most states' minimum wages are already higher than $5.85 (see "State Minimum Wages" below). The Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division, which enforces the FLSA, has posted updated compliance assistance information on its web site at www.wagehour.dol.gov.

A revised FLSA Handy Reference Guide is also available electronically on the agency's web site. It provides guidance on related FLSA provisions, such as the payment of less than the full minimum wage to certain workers with disabilities, full-time students, and student learners who are employed under a special certificate. Additionally, the guide provides information on provisions relating to the payment of wages to tipped employees and workers under the age of 20.

Employers and employees seeking more compliance information on the new federal minimum wage rate may call the Wage and Hour Division's toll-free number at (866) 4US-WAGE (487-9243).

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