Labor laws are in place to protect both workers and employers from liability issues, injury and illness in the workplace. They advise on the proper policies and procedures required to keep your workplace stable and safe. An important aspect of these laws involves those posters which have to be posted to clearly identify these laws, rules and regulations to your staff.
Why Are These Necessary?
Aside from following the law, posters informing workers on topics such as family leave, safety and sanitation, discrimination and similar topics are important to educate your workers on the proper way to deal with any situations that arise, and to avoid problems in the first place. An educated workforce is not only an effective workforce, but a safe one as well.
What Do I Need?
Unfortunately, every industry is different, and many of the laws regarding these posters are not the same across the board. Not every business, for example, is subject to Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage guidelines, as they may not employ any workers at the minimum wage. There are, however, resources you can use to determine which posters you should have at your workplace.
There are a few posters that have to be posted by federal law. These are defined by the U.S. Department of Labor. DOL posters are provided for free and many can be downloaded and printed off. The DOL maintains a website which archives all of these posters and allows you to order physical copies if need be.
The website also includes a poster advisor which helps you determine the necessary posters for your business.
Specific Required Posters
There are a number of posters that are generally required across the board. These include:
- An Equal Opportunity Employment poster for those employers covered by non-discrimination laws;
- A Fair Labor Standards Act poster if your business is subject to minimum wage rules, or a notice to those workers who receive special minimum wages;
- FMLA posters explaining the rights of employees under the Family and Medical Leave Act;
- A poster outlining the Occupational Safety and Health Act;
- Union member rights posters from the Office of Labor-Management Standards, for those businesses with a union presence;
- USERRA, or Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights for those who employ veterans.
The Role of Human Resources
Your company’s human resources department is often tasked with the responsibility of maintaining compliance with these important laws. This means that your HR department should be well-educated regarding these requirements as well as where posters should be posted and how often they should be updated.
As we move into the future, it becomes ever more important for human resources to be highly educated and trained in the laws required to maintain a safe and effective workforce. These posters are just one small aspect of this expertise. If you are considering bringing in an expert firm to handle your HR services, take a look at what we have to offer and give us a call for more information today.