Some regulations and statutes enforced by agencies within The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) require posters and notices to be posted within the workplace. The DOL also provides electronic copies of said posters and some of the posters are also available in other languages.
The requirements vary by statute; not all employers are covered by each of the Departments statutes and as such may not be required to post a specific posting. For instance, small businesses may not be covered by the family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and as the case, would not be subject to posting. To keep up with laws and changes, DOL has created an elaws Poster Advisor to assist businesses in properly displaying mandatory State and Federal labor law posters to reduce an HR risk as well as the risk of government fines.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for instance establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments and posters need to be posted by the employer.
Please note: The Poster Advisor only provides information about Federal DOL poster requirements. You may want to contact your State Department of Labor to obtain information about your state’s requirements.
Telecommuters & Remote Worker Requirements
Employers are required to have labor law posters conspicuously posted at each facility. For full-time telecommuters, employers have no requirements but the employer is responsible for ensuring that telecommuters do in fact have access to these posters. Telecommuters that regularly visit the physical office should be made aware of the location of the posters within the facility. Remote workers should also be able to access these posters. The easiest way to accomplish this is to have all relevant federal and state workplace posters on their website. After they are posted or updated a link can be faxed, mailed or emailed to the workers to notify them of changes.
To obtain posters or for more information about poster requirements or other compliance assistance matters, you may contact the U.S. Department of Labor at 1-866-4-USA-DOL or visit their website. New York Labor laws specifically, can be viewed here.