Thursday, March 22, 2007

Employer Labor Law Postings - What's So Funny (Or Tough) 'Bout Peace, Love AND Compliance?

It never ceases to amaze me. I'll walk into a business office and look at the bulletin board (or other conspicuous posting area) and find that there's little to no compliance with Federal and State labor law posting mandates. Postings are either non-existent or contain outdated information. What gives? It's easy enough to comply. The postings generally provide information to employees regarding things such as the minimum wage, overtime, family medical leave, polygraph protection, OSHA requirements, equal employment opportunity, discrimination, workers' compensation, and unemployment insurance.

The U.S. Department of Labor and each State Department of Labor provide the requisite posters for free; in many cases the posters can be downloaded from the particular State Department of Labor website. See the Law Links section of this blog for links to the U.S. Department of Labor and the NYS Department of Labor; those in other jurisdictions can run an on-line search to visit their State Department of Labor internet site. For those who want to spruce up the joint a bit, there are several merchants (brick and mortar as well as on-line) that sell laminated, "all-in-one" combination posters for ease of compliance having an average cost of $20-$30. Depending on the statute involved, the failure to meet posting requirements can result in costly penalties which are easily avoided if an employer gives the matter even minimal consideration and acts accordingly.

So, what's so funny (or tough) 'bout peace, love AND compliance? Nothing, really.

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