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Workplace Poster Requirements

By JamieD
Published: March 23, 2010

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

all employees.

Who is required to

display posters?

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

their business.

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

poster requirements?

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.

Message Edited by JamieD on 04-15-2009 07:16 AM

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I didn't even know there were requirements for these posters. Thanks for the info
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Whew. Thanks for the heads up. I've been wondering whether my small business needed these posters up. I better get myself one of those packs soon!
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