We’ve been busy putting together some new resources for business owners to help them stay compliant with ever-changing labor laws.  We just launched state by state labor law guides, as well as a new minimum wage increase calculator and compliance calendar.

The laws change often, and they’re also hyper-local. Even experts need to do a lot of searching. So we looked at the numbers.

When do people search for labor laws most?

As expected, labor law searches peak in January, when most new laws take effect. We already know that business owners aren’t always aware of new laws, or how to implement compliance changes. With better awareness, we’d likely see more searches happening in November and December, before the new laws are implemented, or scattered throughout the year when the new regulations are passed.


In what states are people most concerned about labor laws?

Of course, the number of searches correlate to states with stricter laws, with California and New York leading the pack.

Conversely, Iowa, Utah, and Mississippi have the lowest number of labor law searches — and far fewer employer regulations.


Which cities have the most labor law questions?


Popularity (0-100)

Chico-Redding CA100
Syracuse NY98
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto CA83
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo CA81
Rochester NY80
Albany-Schenectady-Troy NY75
Fresno-Visalia CA75
San Diego CA75
Los Angeles CA74
Monterey-Salinas CA74

Almost all are cities in California.

What cities don’t search for labor laws often?

Conversely, the metropolitan areas where people aren’t searching for labor laws often are cities where there aren’t many local regulations.



Popularity (0-100)

Montgomery (Selma) AL21
Dayton OH23
Nashville TN25
Knoxville TN26
Jackson MS26
Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News VA28
Albuquerque-Santa Fe NM28
Milwaukee WI28
Des Moines-Ames IA28
Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne FL29
Florence-Myrtle Beach SC29


Still, no city or state has no employment laws. And, of course, there are federal laws as well that business owners need to think about. So, no matter where you live, labor law compliance matters.