How HR and Small Businesses Can Improve Labor Law Compliance for 2021
The Department of Labor (DOL) requires that employers post certain notices in their workplaces in order to ensure employees have access to information about their rights. Use these resources to help make sure you're up-to-date on posters and record-keeping compliance.
Federal Minimum Wage
The Federal Minimum Wage poster is intended for all businesses. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local Governments.
Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against prospective and current employees.
These laws apply to applicants and to employees of private employers, state and local governments, educational institutions, employment agencies, and labor organizations. The law defines various aspects of protection against discrimination in both hiring and employment practices.
Employee Polygraph Protection
This compliance poster is required for all employers engaging in or affecting commerce or in the production of goods for commerce. It doesn't apply to federal, state and local governments, or to circumstances covered by the national defense and security exemption.
In general, this protection prohibits most private employees from using lie detector tests, either for pre-employment screenings or during the course of employment.
Occupational Safety and Health Associate (OSHA)
OSHA applies to almost every business in the United States. This law assures safe and healthy working conditions by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, outreach, education, and compliance assistance.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
USERRA is intended for all American businesses. The law protects the job rights of individuals who voluntarily or involuntarily take military leave from employment for service.
Among the provisions in USERRA, one key protection is that service members who are called into duty are guaranteed rights to be reemployed in their civilian job if they leave it for uniformed service.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides certain employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year and that their group health benefits be maintained during the leave. This law applies to all public agencies, public and private elementary and secondary schools, and companies with 50 or more employees.
These organizations are required to provide opportunity for workers to take time off of work to care for family and personal needs.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) is an economic stimulus plan that affects coverage for COVID-19 testing, provided expanded federal family and medical leave, and implemented a new federal paid sick leave law.
Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) is a set of laws put into place by the Department of Labor (DOL) in order to protect employees from the possibility of losing health insurance coverage.
Under COBRA, employers with a group health plan and 20 or more full-time employees must offer a continuation of group health insurance coverage to qualified beneficiaries for a limited period of time. COBRA administration and compliance add yet another layer of difficulty to successful employer administration.
Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision
All employers covered under Executive Order 11246 (Equal Employment Opportunity) are required to post this notice and include it in employee manuals and handbooks.
The provisions included in this executive order provide applicants and employees notice that the employer will not discriminate against them for inquiring about, discussing or disclosing their pay or the pay of their co-workers.
Labor law posters are the mandated state and federal employment law notices that employers with at lease one employee or more are required to post in an area frequented by all employees.
Failure to display the correct state and federal employment law notices can result in penalties, fines and lawsuits. Don't fall victim to non-compliance! For more information, check out the DOL Workplace Posters.
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