Several government agencies are alerting business owners that they don't need to pay for most forms and posters they're required to use and post in their workplaces. Those documents are often available free on government Web sites.
Example: OSHA is warning employers not to be misled by advertisements suggesting that you must buy OSHA workplace posters from private companies. You can obtain such posters for free by calling OSHA at (202) 693-1888 or by downloading them at www.osha .gov/dcsp/compliance_assistance/posters.html.
You can also download other required government posters for free at the U.S. Labor Department's main poster page, www.dol.gov/osbp/sbrefa/poster.
Final tip: Web sites ending in ".gov" are the only official government sites. Some private companies try to sell government documents using official-looking Web sites.
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