The mandatory posting of labor law posters
Ignorantia juris non excusat, the Latin words that mean Ignorance of the law excuses no one. We may be unaware of the law and violate it, yet are still subject to punishment.
Not all of us are lawyers who live and breathe the laws. There are many instances, though that the government is trying its best to make the laws transparent to the public. One of these is through labor law posters that should be displayed in the workplace for all employees to easily access and read.
Labor law posters are aimed to protect the business and the employee. In the United States, the mandatory labor law poster has changed more than 260 times within the past six years. To comply, employers must replace the old labor law posters with new ones having the updated law.
Following are the mandatory labor law posters which must be displayed in workplaces:
1. The Employment Standards Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor implements posting of the labor law posters described below:
o The poster of Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA which details the federal law about equal pay for equal work, child labor, minimum wage and overtime pay. It is required that this poster is posted in every private, business, local and state government with employees subject to FLSA.
o Employee Polygraph Protection Act or EPPA which states that employers are not allowed from requiring applicants and employees lie detector tests for employment purposes. The former should not retaliate against their workers if the latter decline to take such tests. Employers engaged or affecting commerce, in the production of commercial goods should post this poster.
o Family and Medical Leave Act or FMLA that summarizes the provisions of the FMLA with information for the applicants and employees on how to file a complaint. Private employers, public agencies like the local, state and federal employers, as well as private and public elementary and secondary schools with at least 50 employees should post this.
2. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC enforces the posting of the Equal Employment Opportunity or EEO poster which informs applicants and employees of the Equal Employment Opportunity laws, such as the the Age Discrimination in Employment Act or ADEA, Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA, Equal Pay Act or EPA, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act or GINA and the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Employers with 15 or more employees must post this.
3. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service enforce the posting of the notice about Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Right Act or USERRA. This recaps the benefits and rights under the USERRA, the federal law about uniformed service members as well as their civilian employers. All employers must post this.
4. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration enforces the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA poster which explains the entitlement of employees to a workplace free from hazards recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Act. It also includes the guidance on how to report such hazards. Private employers who engaged in a business that affect commerce should post this.
Not all employers and businesses are able to comply this simple task about labor law posters, but the violation of this law will subject them to fines, citations, and lawsuits. Punishment depends on the number of company locations, and failure to comply with the requirements may result in a combined fine of up to $17,000 or more.
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