Do You Have the Correct Posters Up?

Why should you worry about employment posters? Two big reasons:

1. It’s the law. Every employer must have the most up-to-date minimum wage and other posters showing. And when the enforcement authorities hit your office, they usually head straight for your posters. It’s a quick and easy way for them to size up your compliance (and often, to levy a quick and easy fine).

2. It’s necessary to defend lawsuits. Being able to show that appropriate posters were displayed is essential to defending lawsuits. (Opposing lawyer: “You didn’t even care enough about EEO to put up the poster?”)

Here’s a rundown of the most important federal requirements. Tomorrow we’ll explain what California requires of you:

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Employers must display a notice with information for employees on the minimum wage, overtime pay, child labor laws, enforcement of the FLSA, and contact information for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Job Safety and Health. Employers engaged in interstate commerce and subject to the requirements of OSHA (and that’s pretty nearly everyone) must display a copy of the poster “Job Safety and Health—It’s the Law.” This poster notifies employees that they are entitled to a workplace free from recognized hazards and explains how to report workplace hazards.

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Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employers with 50 or more workers must display a notice explaining an employee’s rights and responsibilities under the FMLA, including eligibility for leave, notice requirements, job protection, health benefit continuation, and contact information for DOL.

Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law. All employers covered by the federal nondiscrimination and equal employment opportunity (EEO) laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, and laws protecting veterans from discrimination, must display this poster. Employers are currently required to post the newly revised version of this poster that includes information about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

Employee Polygraph Protection Act. All employers engaged in interstate commerce (which is defined broadly to include virtually all private employers) must display this poster.

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Your Rights Under USERRA. Employers must display the poster titled “Your Rights Under USERRA” that explains the rights, benefits, and obligations of employees covered under USERRA. (There are separate posters for federal and nonfederal employers.) With two wars on and veterans returning, this one’s especially important these days.

Tomorrow, we’ll run down your posting requirements under California law.

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