There are various federal and state labor laws that employers are required to post in places of employment within view of employees, so that they can be aware of their rights according to these laws. These postings come from the U.S. Department of Labor and its sub-agencies as well as from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. Keeping these postings up-to-date is the responsibility of every employer, and employers may be penalized if this is not done.
Does the Department of Labor Require Me to Post Labor Law Notices?
The Department of Labor and the EEOC require employers to post labor law notices and to maintain them and keep them current. There are six main postings that are required as basic notices, but some states or industries may require more. The basic six include the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) poster, the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) poster, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) poster, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) poster, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) poster, and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Right Act (USERRA) poster.
Where Should Labor Law Notices Be Posted in the Workplace?
Labor Law notices should be posted in an area where employees are likely to notice them. Common areas used for posting are break rooms, near the time clock, or in employee restrooms. The posters must be inspected and maintained by employers so that they are in good condition and are not defaced or altered in any way.
How Do Labor Law Postings Benefit My Company?
Keeping current postings of labor law information for both employees and employers, ensures that both are aware of their rights and responsibilities regarding the labor laws. For example, the FMLA poster gives information about the benefits and protections offered by this law that will be applied when an employee is sick or must take a leave of absence. This helps the Human Resources department to reinforce pertinent information that employees need when these circumstances arise.
What are the Penalties For Not Posting Notices?
The penalties for not posting notices differ according to the notice, but nearly always involve a monetary fine. A missing federal OSHA poster can involve a fine of up to $7000.
Call to Schedule a Consultation With a California Employment Law Attorney Today
If you are an employer who wants to learn how to be compliant with labor law notices, call to schedule a consultation with a California employment law attorney today. The legal experts at the Straggas Law Group, APC will help you stay up-to-date with labor law notice compliance. We serve the cities of Irvine, Newport Beach, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and surrounding Orange County communities. Visit our website at straggaslaw.com or give us a call at 949-660-9100 and let us give you legal guidance you can trust.