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Labor forms must be posted-but they're free

November 23, 2010
All businesses no doubt receive regular mail solicitations reminding them about various labor posters that must be displayed, and that the solicitors can provide them-for a fee. The fees the companies propose represent quite a handling charge for posters that can be obtained free from various government agencies. The Chicago Automobile Trade Association also has limited quantities of the posters, available free to CATA members. Federal regulations mandate employers to display the labor law posters in locations that are conspicuous to employees, such as a break room, at each of the company's work facilities. The U.S. Department of Labor's workplace poster requirements mandate employers to post five posters: (1) Federal Minimum Wage Notice, (2) Employee Polygraph Protection Notice, (3) Equal Employment Opportunity/ Age Discrimination, (4) Occupational Safety and Health Act, and (5) the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. In addition the Illinois Labor Department requires three posters to be displayed: (1) Minimum Wage Law, (2) Worker's Compensation Act, and (3) Unemployment Insurance Act. The federal labor department provides electronic copies of the required posters, some in languages other than English. Visit the government site at The Illinois agency prints the necessary posters in English only, so presenting the posters in other languages is not mandatory. Failure to post the notices can lead to substantial civic or criminal penalties. However, not all employers are accountable to each of the U.S. Labor Department poster statutes. For example, some small businesses may not be covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act and thus are not subject to the act's posting requirements.