The federal government requires at least 6 posters to be displayed. Each state has, on average, 4-6 state agencies that regulate labor laws and issue respective posters. These posters are also required to be displayed and vary by state.
Labor laws change frequently, especially at the state level, usually with little or no warning to businesses. It's up to the employer to seek out changes and take action to ensure their locations are compliant by displaying the most current required posters. Non-compliant businesses leave themselves vulnerable to inspections, lawsuits, and fines.
Government agencies classify changes as either mandatory or non-mandatory:
- Mandatory changes are modifications to the law that impact the rights of employees or the employer's workplace obligations. These types of changes require employers to update their posters.
- Non-Mandatory changes have no direct impact on the rights of employees or the employer's workplace obligations. They are usually text or formatting changes and do not require employers to update their posters.
- In 2007, the federal minimum wage increased to $5.85 per hour. The current version of the poster displays the 2007, 2008, and 2009 annual increases.
- In 2008, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) laws changed to provide coverage for families of military personnel.
- In 2009, it is anticipated that the Genetic Information Non-disclosure Act (GINA), signed into law in 2008, may affect the federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) posting. GINA prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of genetic information.
To view the required federal and state-by-state postings and subscribe to receive FREE alerts on labor law changes go to www.govdocs.com, a LegalZoom preferred partner.
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