Federal Workplace Posters

You have probably received an email, direct mailing or phone call telling you that “Labor Law posting notices are always changing” or something similar. These solicitations attempt to scare you into purchasing “the complete set” of posters from their company so that you will be in compliance. Should you purchase posters from these companies? That is up to you, but before you do, please read the rest of this short article.

Why so many posters? 
Historically, workers and employees have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous business owners and managers. Sometimes, the legislature’s response to this has been to require that posters be posted in a conspicuous place at the workplace so that workers can be informed of their rights.

Both the State of Minnesota and the Federal Government have requirements for what posters must be displayed. This month I am covering the Federal Poster Requirements. What follows is a helpful table from the U.S. Department of Labor, listing information about posters and requirements. It is available online at:


Keep in mind, there are also additional posters and requirements for businesses that do work for the federal government and other governmental entities. Take time to look at the Department of Labor’s website to find out if those posters may apply to your business.

Where to Get Posters

Sure, you could pay $50 to $100 to purchase all of the required posters in one package. Hopefully the posters will have the correct information and you will be all set. Alternatively, you could save a bunch of money by getting the required posters from the Department of Labor for FREE!. Simply print or download them from:http://www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/osdbu/sbrefa/poster/matrix.htm

Please keep in mind that this article only covers the required Federal posters and not any state posters.

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