Sunday, July 07, 2013

Understanding Federal Labor Law Posters Compliance Requirements

Every employer in the US must know what Labor Law notices they must post in their workplace. As per the mandates issued by the labor laws, every business having at least one employee need to ensure compliance with the Federal, State and OSHA notice posting requirements at their workplace. This is to ensure that the employers inform their employees of their labor and employment rights and enable them with a better understanding of what is expected of them. Employment law posters need to be displayed in highly conspicuous locations including reception rooms, break rooms, lunch areas, or where the employees gather most of the times. Any failure to post these notices will lead to fines and litigations during inspections. Labor law posters concern with both federal and state mandated workplace posters. This article highlights the six Federal Posters that are mandatory for businesses as per the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). To start with, the federal government has at least 6 general required labor law postings for all the employers in the US. In addition, there are also up to 5 other postings that some kinds of workplaces need to post. This article brings these requirements to surface.

The six mandated federal labor law posters that are common to all the employers include Minimum Wage compliance poster, Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) poster, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) poster, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) poster, Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) notice, Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) notice/poster.

It is crucially important for employers to stay in compliance with the labor law notices posting requirements. This means they need to constantly update the said workplace notices from time to time when there are some revisions made in the labor laws. A greater percentage of these changes are mandatory and must be incorporated in the updated notices. In an average hundreds of labor law changes happen during a typical year. Most of these changes will require the employers to display new posters. Subscribing to a labor law poster service is one of the easiest ways for businesses to stay in compliance by getting the updated posters from time to time.

Some states have mandated that the employers post bilingual labor law notices. The businesses located in AZ, CA, FL, GA, NM, NC, NY or TX need to make a note of this. If about 5 percent of your Spanish-speaking employees are using English as their second language, you must post employment law notices in both English and Spanish. Even if your business is not located in anyone of these states mentioned, you must display bilingual notices if you have Spanish speaking employees who cannot read English.

The other federal labor law notices that are mandated include Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), Consolidated Omnibus Protection Act (COBRA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Davis-Bacon Act, Equal Pay Act (EPA), Executive Order 11246, Executive Order 13201, Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA), National Labor Relations Act, Rehabilitation Act, Service Contract Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Vietnam-Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Walsh-Healey Act.

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