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3 New Labor Law Poster Updates For 2016

As an employer, federal and state laws require you to clearly display official labor and employment posters detailing federal and applicable state labor laws. These mandatory postings include the OSHA Posting, Federal Minimum Wage, FMLA, USERRA and various state specific notices. Failure to post mandatory labor law notices can result in hefty fines and lawsuits.

Click here to visit the Department of Labor's poster requirement website.

2016 Labor Law Poster Updates:

#1: Fair Labor Standards Act (Federal Minimum Wage) - The United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has updated the Fair Labor Standards Act notice. The highlights are:

  • Changes to Enforcement section:

  • Outdated civil penalty dollar amounts removed.

  • New information about Department of Labor's authority to recover back wages and equal amount in liquidated damages.

  • DOL may litigate and/or recommend criminal prosecution.

  • New section about accommodations for nursing mothers.

  • New information states that employers should avoid incorrectly classifying workers as 'independent contractors' when they are actually employees under the FLSA.

  • Special provisions apply to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, in addition to American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

  • Effective July 2016.

#2: Employee Polygraph Protection - The United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division has updated the Employee Polygraph Protection Act notice. Highlights are:

  • Outdated civil penalty dollar amounts removed in Enforcement section.

  • New web address.

  • Effective July 2016.

#3: OSHA ("It's the Law") - OSHA's "It's the Law" poster is intended to educate workers about their rights and employers about their obligations for a safe workplace. Highlights are:

  • Workers have the right to:

  • Report a work-related injury or illness without being retaliated against, and;

  • Request copies of the workplace injury and illness log.

  • It is illegal for employers to retaliate against an employee for using any of their rights under the law.

  • New TTY number added.

  • Effective July 2016.

Executive Summary: Labor law poster requirements can change at any time throughout the year. As an employer, it is your responsibility to post these changes on your labor law posting area.

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