The Department of Industrial Relations' Employer Posting Requirements

Instructor: Yolanda Williams

Yolanda has taught college Psychology and Ethics, and has a doctorate of philosophy in counselor education and supervision.

In this lesson, we will discuss the workplace legal posting requirements as required by the Department of Industrial Relations, including how you can get a copy of the posting.

The Department of Industrial Relations

There are several government organizations that aim to protect the interests and the safety of workers. One such organization is the Department of Industrial Relations. All employers in California have to follow certain posting requirements set forth by the Department of Industrial Relations. The postings contain information regarding pay, working hours, and the conditions in which the employees work. Employers can obtain a copy of the posts by mail, going to the Department of Industrial Relations' website, or emailing

Let's look at the posting requirements more closely.

Posting Requirements for All Employers

The following list contains posting requirements that all employers in the state of California must adhere to.

Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) wage orders, which govern pay, work hours, and the conditions for workers. There are currently 17 orders, which include topics such as California's minimum wage and overtime provisions.

Minimum wage order, which shows the minimum wage in the state of California. As of July 2018, California's minimum wage is $11 an hour.

Paid sick leave poster, which provides a description of the paid sick leave benefits that employees are entitled to. As of 2018, all California employees who have worked at least 30 days in the past year are granted 1 hour of paid sick leave for each 30 hours that they work, or 24 hours per year (if full-time).

Payday notice, which outlines the date, time, and location that employees are paid for their work.

Safety and health protection on the job poster which explains the job safety rules. For example, employers are prohibited from allowing employees who are not properly trained to perform work that is hazardous. Employers must also provide employees that work with hazardous material proper protection.

Emergency phone numbers, which contain contact information in case of an emergency. Contact information for the police, hospital, and fire department should be included.

Notification to employees about work-related injuries, which outlines the benefits that employees are entitled to under workers' compensation. Benefits include medical care, death benefits, and both short and long term disability.

Notice of workers' compensation carrier and coverage, which lists the name and the contact information for the employer's workers compensation insurance.

Whistleblower protections, which details the rights and protections that employees have under the whistleblower laws. The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 initially provided protections for employees of the federal government who reported their employer's illegal activities. However, California has extended whistleblower protection to other employees and employment organizations besides the federal government. For example, the California Whistleblower Protection Act not only covers government employees, but also individuals from the public who happen to report illegal government activities. Family members of individuals and employees who report illegal activities are also protected.

No smoking poster, which designates what areas people can smoke, if any.

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