Do you know what employment law posters your business needs to hang in plain sight? Don't get caught without the proper forms in place.
Every establishment with at least one employee must post the appropriate state and federal employment law posters in visible sight. It's the law. Our government agencies take the practice very seriously and will penalize you for not having the correct paperwork in sight. But how do you know which posters you need to hang up?
The process is not that difficult. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has made it easy for business owners to figure it out. Their E-laws FirstStep program gives a complete walkthrough on how to find and obtain these documents for your business.
Figuring out what employment law posters you need will keep you from breaking the law
Consider for a moment that the posters you must display change over time. There are several sets of criteria that will determine your required documents.
Here's a quick look at some of the criteria:
- The nature of your business or organization (federal agency, transportation, food services, etc.).
- The number of employees you will have during the current calendar year.
- If you hire a person with certified disabilities.
- If you employ foreign workers.
- If you have financial agreements with labor organizations or labor consultants.
- If your business maintains a pension plan or retirement savings plan for employees.
- If your business maintains health benefits for employees.
- If you hire federal or federally assisted contractors.
- The state your business is registered and established in.
This set of criteria, depending on the "yes" or "no" answers, will also contain sub-criteria. But don't worry—it's easy to fill out and submit to the DOL website. Once they determine which forms you need, you can download them and read the requirements of how to display them.
The 4 employment law posters you'll most likely need
1. OSHA Job Safety Health and Health: It's the Law. This poster informs your employees and applicants of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It describes their rights to have a safe workplace, request an OSHA official to conduct an inspection, review citations, and more.
2. Equal Employment Opportunity Is the Law (EEO). This describes the laws and procedures set in place to combat employee decisions based on race, sex, disability, age, religion, national origins, and genetics. It also contains steps to file complaints when discrimination has taken place.
3. Fair Labor Standards Act: Minimum Wage (FLSA). This form outlines the federal minimum wage required by businesses and organizations in the U.S. It covers overtime payments, child labor laws, and enforcement measures by the Department of Labor.
4. Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). This employment law poster summarizes the major provisions of the FMLA. It covers eligibility requirements, employer responsibilities, and benefits. Specific rights are given depending on the employee's situation.
Make sure you hang your employment law posters in plain sight
Each of these posters is required to be in plain sight of employees and applicants at all times. Government officials will penalize you with citations, so make sure you have a good place to hang them on the wall.
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