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Is This Your Situation: Learning Your Poster Requirements


It may be astonishing to think that in this electronic day and age, when all communications are seemingly through emails and text, the old-fashioned printed poster still has a place in the office. Yes, the government still requires certain information to be posted in offices, and there may be penalties for failing to post them.

The Department of Labor has published Poster Page: Workplace Poster Requirements for Small Businesses and Other Employers. Although the site lists a variety of posters, it explains that not all businesses need to post every one, because some businesses are exempt from certain regulations.

One of the most widespread posters is Job Safety and Health Protection, a must for "private employers engaged in a business affecting commerce." According to the DOL, this poster "informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace." There are citations and penalties for failure to display the poster where employees can easily see it.

Most employers also need to display a poster explaining the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The poster, the provisions of which are listed on the DOL site, needs to explain the federal minimum wage, child labor regulations and special rules for employees who receive extensive gratuities, such as waitstaff.

Other posters are required only in very specific circumstances — but companies would do well to check the DOL site to see whether their situation requires a special poster. For example, the Davis-Bacon Act requires a "Notice To All Employees Working On Federal Or Federally Financed Construction Projects."

Companies with employees who are unfamiliar with English should note that the DOL provides translations of some key posters into Spanish, Russian, Chinese and more. If a substantial number of employees speak a language other than English, you may be required to provide bilingual posters.


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