Employers are required to advise employees of their federal rights in the form of displaying federally required posters in the workplace. Compliance with these federal requirements is necessary to avoid strict fines and penalties. Unfortunately, many employers pay unscrupulous companies for these posters when they are offered for free on the respective government websites. In addition, many of the required posters are offered in several languages other than English. Here is a listing of posters that are required by federal law, including direct links:

 

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Poster

FSLA establishes minimum wages, overtime pay, record keeping and child labor standards for private sector and government workers.

  • Every employer of employees subject to the FLSA’s minimum wage provisions is required to display the poster.
  • The poster must be prominently displayed in all establishments, where it can be readily seen by employees.

 

The Equal Employment Opportunity Poster

The Equal Employer Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal non-discrimination laws which prohibit job discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, equal pay, disability or genetic information.

  • Employers with 15 or more employees are required to display the poster.
  • The poster must be prominently displayed in all establishments, where it can be readily seen by employees and job applicants.

 

The Family And Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Poster

The FMLA provides employees with 12 months of service and with at least 1,250 hours worked during the last 12 months with up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave for: 1) the birth and care of a newborn child; 2) the placement for adoption of child; 3) one’s own serious health condition; or 4) the serious health condition of an immediate family member.

  • Every employer with 50 or more employees within a 75-mile radius is required to display the poster, even if there are no FMLA eligible employees.
  • The poster must be prominently displayed in all establishments, where it can be readily seen by employees and job applicants.

 

Occupational Safety And Health Act (OSHA) Poster

OSHA requires employers to provide employees with a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

  • All private sector employers are required to display the poster.
  • The poster must be prominently displayed in all establishments, where it can be readily seen by employees.
  • Posters must be at least 8.5″ x 14″ inches with 10 point type.
  • Although not a requirement, OSHA recommends employers to display the Spanish version of the poster if they have Spanish-speaking employees.

 

The Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) Poster

The EPPA prohibits employers from using lie detector tests for pre-employment screening of job applicants or for testing current employees.

  • All private sector employers are required to display the poster.
  • The poster must be prominently displayed in all establishments, where it can be readily seen by employees and job applicants.

 

Uniformed Services Employment And Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

The USERRA requires that returning service members are entitled to receive all rights and benefits of employment that they would have obtained if they had been continuously employed.

  • All employers are required to display the poster.
  • The poster must be prominently displayed in all establishments or distributed in full text to employees in writing or via electronic mail.

 

 

This is not an authoritative list and is provided for informational purposes only. In additional to federal requirements, employers should check with their respective state agencies regarding required posters or notices.

 

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