US Department of Labor's Requirements for Employer Postings

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Instructor: Ian Lord

Ian is a real estate investor, MBA, former health professions educator, and Air Force veteran.

How does the federal government make sure employees are aware of their rights in the workplace? Let's briefly review the US Department of Labor's requirements for employee rights posters.

Department of Labor Poster Requirements

Eddie started a small restaurant and is getting ready to hire his first employees. Now that his business has grown just beyond himself, the federal government requires that he post specific information that pertains to employee rights and protections. The US Department of Labor is a federal office that protects employee rights and benefits. The department requires certain posters to be displayed in the workplace to inform employees of their rights. Let's help Eddie review these requirements and figure out what he needs to do.

Placement of Labor Posters

Exactly which posters must be put up depends on the nature of the business. If a business is not covered by the specific act that requires a poster, the business is not required to put it up. The posters are available for free online from the US Department of Labor, either as physical copies or as electronic versions that the employer can print. Most posters are also available in Spanish, with a few in other languages such as Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian.

Posters should be placed in an area visible to employees. Potential sites include break rooms, near employee lockers, or where employees clock in and out of work. In some cases, if the employer feels that posting certain posters, such as the rights of a disabled or special minimum wage worker would be inappropriate, the employer can comply with the law by giving those people the information directly.

Available Posters

Let's look at a few of the posters available from the Department of Labor:

  • Job Safety and Health Protection
  • Equal Opportunity Employment is the Law
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Employee Rights for Workers with Disabilities/Special Minimum Wage
  • Your Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Notice to All Employees Working on Federal or Federally Financed Construction Projects
  • Notice to Employees Working on Government Contracts
  • Displaced Employee Rights on Successor Contracts
  • Notice: Employee Polygraph Protection Act
  • Notice: Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act
  • Notification of Employee Rights Under Federal Labor Laws

The Job Safety and Health Protection poster is required of all non-government employers, as well as notification of the Employee Polygraph Protection Act. Eddie will also probably need to post notices relating to the Fair Labor Standards Act, Employee Rights for Workers with Disabilities/Special Minimum Wage. This is because his employee workforce will likely include people protected under the law. Since Eddie isn't a government contractor though, he will not have to put up posters that relate to people doing business with the federal government.

If Eddie ever has a question about whether or not to put up a poster, he should refer to the US Department of Labor for guidance. In some cases, he could be liable for penalties for failing to post certain posters. Federal contractors also face the risk of having their contracts suspended or cancelled and being prevented from future government work.

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