Compliance labor law is a subject in which most Human Resources department should be familiar with. It is the law that employees know their rights as workers in their respective State and industries. One of the ways that this information is passed along is though the displaying of a labor poster in the work place. It is mandatory that employers place the labor posters in a conspicuous area where employees will see the labor postings such as a cafeteria, break room or locker room.
Because there are quite a few laws that require postings, HR managers can obtain compliance assistance through labor poster companies that offer the various postings on one poster. These generally come in the form of a federal all in one labor poster that would have the different federal laws posted on them, as well as state all in one labor posters that would include the different postings for their respective state. There are also state and federal labor posters that include many of the federal and state laws all in one poster.
There are different factors to consider when deciding which laws need to be displayed for different businesses. Things such as business size, income revenue, government or private companies, and employment type (salesman, hourly, salary etc.…) all are factors in what needs to be displayed. It is prudent to know what is required for each individual business, and it generally falls under the human resource department to know these laws. For the HR novice, an easy way to see which general laws are required by the state and federal government is to use a search engine and type “mandatory posting requirements” for their respective state. The laws and postings that are displayed is a good start in knowing what needs to be posted. In most cases, the results will turn up postings such as minimum wage, unemployment, family medical leave and other common employee concerns will come up for the results. The federal government advises most businesses to at least display the Employee Rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Care Act, Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law, The Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Act, Job Safety and health Law and the Employee Polygraph protection Act. While some businesses may not be required to abide by all these laws, and some businesses will require additional postings, such as employers who employ migrant workers and federal contractors, these aforementioned laws are a good start in insuring that an employer stays in compliance.
While some cities, counties and industries require additional postings, the responsibility falls to the employer to make sure that the employees understand their rights. It can certainly be confusing at times which is why it’s a good reason to be well versed in these laws.