Workplace posters can become wallpaper after a while, fading into the workplace background. But regulators see posters as vital, legal documents; and employers who fail to update them may face fines.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently updated three key workplace posters to make it easier for employees to file complaints and report workplace problems. Within the last six months, the DOL has issued new posters for the Fair Labor Standards Act, theand the Employee Polygraph Protection Act.
: As part of new issued earlier this year, employers are required to post an updated FLSA poster. It still explains employees’ wage-and-hour rights, including minimum wage and overtime requirements. However, new sections explain:
- Nursing mothers’ right to a private area to express breast milk
- The difference between employees and independent contractors.
Instead of the DOL’s phone number, the poster displays a QR code directing workers to the Department’s website as the main point of contact.
FMLA: The DOL’s new FMLA poster is much lighter on the legalese than its predecessor. It dispensed with the previous long definition of “serious health condition” and clearly laying out employees’ right to take. It says nothing about the requirement that they attempt to schedule intermittent leave in the least disruptive way possible.
Employee Polygraph Protection Act: The new EPPA poster differs little from its predecessor. Gone is a section spelling out the penalties employers face for violating the EPPA. Like the FLSA poster, it directs employees to the website rather than the phone to report violations.
Note: Display posters in English and any language that a substantial number of employees speak.
All posters are available for download on the DOL website: www.dol.gov/whd/resources/posters.htm.