Workplace Poster Requirements
by JamieD, Former Moderator
- Created: March 23, 2010, 10:17 pm
Federal and state laws require employers to prominently
display certain labor law posters. Posting all required notices at your
business location is a simple but important regulation to uphold.
What are workplace
These posters are designed to inform employees of their
rights and responsibilities established by law. They include a wide range of
issues such as equal employment opportunity laws as well as the fair labor
standards and family medical leave acts. Workplace posters should be displayed
in an appropriate location so that they are highly visible and accessible by
Who is required to
All employers operating a business are required to comply
with workplace posting requirements. Certain businesses and locations are
subject to display more posters than others. Exact guidelines detailing who is
required to post each poster should be consulted on an individual basis.
How do I know which
posters are required for my business?
Posting requirements vary by state and statute so be sure to
look into federal and state requirements for your specific business and
location. The elaws Poster Advisor
is a tool that assists employers in finding which Federal poster(s) apply to
For state posters, visit
the Workplace Posters page to find a link to your state's requirements.
I run a home-based
business. Am I required to display posters in my home?
Even as a home-based employer, you are still obligated to
display posters informing employees of their legal rights. If your employees
work out of your home, you are required to display workplace posters in the
area of your home that serves as a work area. Additionally, local governments require
that home-based businesses display their business permits in a prominent place.
All my employees work
remotely or at home. How do comply with
If you run a virtual office, you should mail these postings
to your employees or make them available online at your online office space. In
most cases employers are required
to provide workers with the actual posters and that the intranet sites
supplement their efforts to comply with the laws and keep workers informed.
Do I need to pay for
The U.S. Department
of Labor's workplace posters are free and downloadable from the DOL Web
You may have come across websites that offer packages of all
required posters for a small fee. While these sites may or may not be genuine,
they are certainly not necessary. All required posters are available through
federal and state labor agencies at no cost.
Where do I order
Posters can be obtained through federal and state labor
agencies. The easiest way to get a
workplace poster is by visiting the website of the proper agency.
For federal requirements related to employment laws, visit the U.S. Department of Labor. Here you can print
electronic copies of each poster or use contact information to request printed
For local posters, you must visit your state's official
labor department. The Workplace Poster
provides links to the correct sites for posters in each state and territory.
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