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Workplace posters: what businesses need to know

If you are starting your own business, you have plenty to think about. Tacking posters to the walls is probably not something that has crossed your mind – or if it has, it is likely at the very bottom of your list of things to do.

You may be surprised to learn, however, that you are required by law to post certain notices that are applicable to your employees and your particular business. Following are a few questions and answers about these workplace posters and related employment law issues.

Which posters do I need?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the exact notices you need to post will depend on the unique statutes that impact your company. For instance, if you run a farm business, you will likely need to post the DOL’s official poster for agricultural employees. If you operate an accounting firm, however, this type of poster would not be necessary. The DOL provides a helpful online tool to determine which notices you require.

Where should I post them?

The posters must be placed where employees can easily read them. Some companies choose to place them in break rooms and other areas where employees regularly gather. Certain posters, such as the Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) notice must also be clearly visible to job applicants in addition to current employees.

Where can I find copies of the posters?

The DOL offers PDF versions of the required posters. You can download and print these notices for free. In addition, you can access certain posters in a wide variety of languages. The federal minimum wage poster, for example, comes in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Hmong, Polish and several other languages.

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