Monday, November 21, 2011

Ohio Requires Private Businesses to Display Labor Law Posters

Ohio, the seventh most populous state in the United States, recently required all private business establishments to display Labor law posters up in conspicuous places, where workers can easily see them. This rule is in compliance to the recent happenings in the United States Department of Labor. State and Federal Labor Law posters are now a mandate across the country, and any establishment found lacking will be issued a sanction. The US DOL, in cooperation with the National Labor Relations Board, has extended the deadline up to January of 2012.

Ohio’s major industries include manufacturing, farming, and mining. With the help of the Ohio Labor Law Poster Rule, businesses will be able to emphasize workers’ rights and will have easy access and familiarity to basic rights.

These should be updated frequently to ensure that the business operates on timely and current practices. With the fast changing laws, there could be a new minimum wage set every year. Having a labor law poster set up will keep business owners abreast of basic facts that they need to know. The best thing is that these are relatively affordable, courtesy of the US DOL’s Labor Law Compliance Centers.

Ohio Businesses should keep in mind that these labor law posters are needed everywhere where workers are located. In Ohio where there is a big farming industry, owners should put up posters not only on main headquarters but in spaces where workers report to. This is clearly stated in parts of the Labor Law, such as the "Notice to All Employees Working on Federal or Federally Financed Construction Projects" (Davis-Bacon Act) (29CFR5.5 (a) (1) states the poster must be posted at the site of work, in a prominent and accessible place where it can easily be seen by workers.”

These posters include the all-important Job Safety and Health Posters from the Occupational Safety and Health division of the Department of Labor. This Safety poster informs workers of the importance of attentiveness to the safety of their workspaces. An area full of occupational hazards is not a suitable place to work in. These unsafe conditions could result to danger for workers’ health and protection. The safety posters are the best guide for employees to be informed about what they can do to prevent such danger from happening. The OSHA provides help to these employees by offering inspections to their work spaces.

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