August 24, 2022
Laura L. Rubenstein
Growing up, I had a large rainbow poster on my bedroom wall. Underneath it was a poster of Farrah Fawcett. She had the best feathered hair. I remember my cousins had AC/DC black felt posters that lit up when they turned on their black lights. My friends had posters of Rick Springfield and WHAM!
Although I can talk for hours about growing up in the 70s and 80s, those aren’t the posters that are relevant to this piece. I’m talking about the word-filled posters that don’t have pictures of famous people. Compliance posters!
Required workplace posters cover topics such as: workers compensation, unemployment benefits, minimum wage (both federal and state), state occupational safety posters, Equal Pay for Equal Work, USERRA, sick/safe leave, etc. And if you’re a larger employer, you must have posters on the Family Medical Leave Act, EEOC, etc. Certain industries must hang posters addressing workplace safety or tipped wages. And then states and counties may also require their own posters. And just like finding the perfect place to position the Fonz poster on the wall, the display of workplace posters is controlled as well and depending on the poster may need to be placed in multiple locations.
Our workplace worlds aren’t as simple as our childhood worlds, so best to consult an employment attorney to guide you through these legal compliance issues to ensure your wall hangings keep you compliant.