There are countless laws and regulations that affect how businesses are run and what rights employees have. Whether on the federal or state level, employers are responsible for remaining compliant. One way this is enforced is through posters that explain relevant laws and regulations and highlight employee rights. And while specific requirements vary from industry to industry, there are some common posters almost all employers are required to display.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has a poster called “The OSHA Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law”. It’s designed to explain what the rights of employees are from a job safety standpoint and discusses topics likes:
- An employer’s responsibility for providing a safe workplace
- An employer’s responsibility for correcting safety and health hazards
- An employee’s right to request an OSHA inspection if it’s believed that they are working in unsafe or unhealthful conditions
- An employee’s right to file a complaint with OSHA
You can order a print copy or download a copy of the OSHA poster here.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was created to ensure that employees receive no less than minimum wage. It also impacts overtime pay, the jobs that minors can perform, the hours that minors can work and general recordkeeping. “The Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” poster explains the following:
- How much employees should receive for overtime pay
- Child labor policies
- Tip credits for employees who receive tips as part of their pay
- Enforcement policies
The FLSA poster is a simple, one page poster that you can print out here.
EEO is the Law Poster
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was passed in 2008 to prevent workplace discrimination based on factors like family medical history, predisposition to disease, predisposition to disorders, etc. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), “an employer may never use genetic information to make an employment decision because genetic information is not relevant to an individual’s current ability to work.” “The EEO is the Law” poster fills job candidates and employees in on their rights when it comes to being protected against discrimination. Some factors that this poster addresses include:
- What constitutes discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin and disability
- Gender and fair wages
- What to do if it’s believed that discrimination has occurred
You can get this poster here.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employers must place posters in a conspicuous place where employees can conveniently see them. Therefore, you must find a location where the poster is visible and employees can reference any time they need. And while the posters mentioned apply to the majority of businesses, there are several others that are required for specific businesses and organizations. This resource goes over who must post and provides other relevant information.
As a business owner, you need to take federal and state regulations seriously. Otherwise, there could experience some unwanted backlash that can create a lot of headaches. Familiarizing yourself with the posters employers are required to display should keep you on the right side of the law and ensure the wellbeing of your workforce.