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Are Your Labor Law Posters Up to Date?

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A new year brings new workplace compliance standards—which means that employers need to revise their labor law posters.

All employers are required to post certain notices to employees in a conspicuous location in the workplace—such as in the breakroom, by a time clock or in another place where employees are likely to see them. The required posters cover information such as federal and state minimum wages and occupational safety and health regulations. This is a great time to update these posters to reflect the recent and upcoming changes to Michigan’s paid sick leave and minimum wage.

Only certain employers are required to post some notices. For example, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act notice must be posted by covered employers with 50 or more workers.

How Do I Know if My Posters are Up-to-Date?

The Department of Labor has an online resource to help. The FirstStep Poster Advisor is designed to help employers comply with the poster requirements of several laws administered by the Department of Labor (DOL). These laws require employers to display official DOL posters where employees can readily observe them. DOL provides the posters at no cost to employers.  The Poster Advisor only provides information about Federal DOL poster requirements. You need to also review state requirement through the State Department of Labor resources.

Posters Matter: Whenever clients ask us how to handle an onsite inspection by a government agency, one of the first steps we recommend is to review all worksite posters. If a government investigator sees that the employer has not updated its EEO and wage and hour posters since the Bush administration, then he or she may reasonably conclude that the employer’s general employment practices have not been updated either.

Costly Mistakes: Failure to comply with posting requirements can result in steep fines. Most federal, state and local penalties range from $500 to $10,000 per offense, but agencies retain discretion about whether to assess or reduce such statutory penalties.

Furthermore, penalties may escalate after the first offense.

Need help with updating your posters? Give Axios HR a call!




January 14, 2019




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