Monday, October 08, 2012

The Necessary Labor Law Posters

The US department of labor expects all organizations to post State and Federal Labor Law Posters that will provide information to the employees regarding federal and applicable state labor laws. Failure to post these posters can lead to monetary fines and citations. With the growing competition in all fields, getting to legal hassles is the last thing an employer wants. Thus, it is better to understand the different laws applicable to your business and invest in relevant posters.

Most businesses need to display all federal labor law posters. These include equal employment opportunity poster that deals with non-discrimination. Then there is the fair labor standards act or FLSA that deals with minimum wage and must be displayed in a conspicuous place so employees are able to access it readily. All employers are required to display the family and medical leave act or FMLA to summarize the major provisions under this act and the ways by which an employee may file a complaint. Each worker with a disability should be informed about the special minimum wage that they are entitled to receive. OSHA posters must be displayed to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Another poster deals with the rights and responsibilities of labor union members and officers; meant to help maintain democracy, integrity and transparency within any employee union. All employees must be informed about their rights and benefits under Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.

There are additional Federal contractor poster requirements such as the requirement to display the Davis-Bacon poster. All employers who are covered by this act need to post this notice at prominent places where employees can easily read it. Another one is Beck poster that informs employees about their rights related to union membership and use of union dues as part of federal law. The Walsh-Healey Poster enumerated about compensations and should also be displayed at prominent locations in a workplace.

Most American states follow federal labor laws. One of the most varying laws is related to minimum wage. Most states either have a higher minimum rate when compared to the defined federal rate or lower than that the rate. A few states follow the federal rate. Many states have a different take on family medical leave law. Each private sector employer needs to post minimum rest period, meal period and hourly cash pay for tipped employees. Thus in addition to all mandatory federal laws an employer must not forget their specific state labor law posters.

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