Every employer in the U.S. employing one or more workers should display up-to-date State and Federal Labor Law posters in the workplace. Displaying these posters informs employees of their rights and obligations. The posters should be displayed in locations where all employees can easily read them.
When it comes to displaying labor law posters employers have some concerns, like which labor law to comply with, where to display the posters, when to update the posters and so on. To bring clarity, we will discuss Frequently Asked Questions.
Why labor law posters?
Employers must comply with federal and state labor laws. For this, employers have to display labor law compliance posters for federal and state labor laws as applicable. Employers must post labor law posters conspicuously in areas across the workplace where they are visible to employees.
What are the various labor law posters?
The state laws that employers must comply with include the Unemployment Insurance Program, Workers Compensation Act, Wage-Hour Laws, Child Labor Laws and other state specific laws.
The Federal laws include the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Job Safety and Health Protection (OSHA), Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) and other possibly applicable laws such as the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and Davis-Bacon Act.
Where to display these posters?
The posters should be displayed in prominent locations in the workplaces, such as the cafeteria or main lobby, and where other workplace rights notices and company notices concerning personnel rules or policies are customarily posted so that all employees can easily read them.
Should I place bilingual posters in my office?
Its highly recommended to display bilingual posters if at least 20% of employees are not proficient in English and speak the other language. Some states require labor law posters to be displayed in both English and Spanish.
When to update the posters?
Posters should be updated by employers whenever federal or state agencies make any labor law changes.
What are the consequences of not having posters in the company?
Not having posters displayed in the workplace is a violation of the law. This is noncompliance with labor laws and the employer may be subject to citations and penalties.
Can I use electronic versions of the posters?
Electronic versions of the posters may be posted on the company intranet. Electronic versions of the posters are applicable for remote workers and telecommuters. Make sure to post physical paper copies of the notices in an area frequented by all employees.
Displaying labor law posters within the business premises will help businesses stay in compliance with laws.