Workplace Postings Required by State & Federal Agencies

Instructor: A. Casey Carr-Jones

Casey Carr-Jones holds a Bachelor's degree in English & Psychology. She is currently a PHR-certified Human Resources Consultant.

There are several workplace postings that are required by state and federal law. In this lesson, we will review Time Off to Vote (Elections Code Section 14001 et seq) and Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law (US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).

Required Employment Postings

Jason and Ally are technicians at a mid-sized pharmaceutical company. They walk into the employee kitchen midday and notice that a new employment poster has been posted on the bulletin board. They stop to review the notice, nod their heads, and then sit down to enjoy their lunch.

What are these posters? And why are they in the kitchen? While there are many types of required postings, we'll review the content and posting rules for two required postings: Time Off to Vote and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

bulletin board

Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Is the Law poster is required to be posted by every employer covered by the non-discrimination and EEO laws - essentially, private employers, state and local governments, educational institutions, employment agencies and labor organizations. This poster explains that employees cannot be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or genetics. There is information on filing charges for unlawful discrimination, and a notice on retaliation, which is when an employer punishes an employee for exercising their rights. Punishment refers to firing, demotion, harassment, etc. The poster informs the employee that employers are prohibited from retaliating against a person who 'files a charge of discrimination, participates in a discrimination proceeding, or otherwise opposed an unlawful employment practice.'

Time Off to Vote

During elections, California has a requirement for employers to post a 'Time Off to Vote' notice. This notice advises all employees that they have a right to take paid time off in order to cast their vote.

The Time Off to Vote comes from Elections Code Section 14001. The intent and purpose of this notice is to allow more time for employees to cast a vote. For example, if a working single mother drops her children off at daycare and has to head directly to work, she may be unable to vote in an election. With this voting right, she can head to the polls during her normal workday.

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