Labor Law Posters Required of All Construction Companies, Regardless of State
Every construction company, regardless of its location, must post certain labor law posters based on federal law. These posters must be on display in a location where employees can see them readily, such as a locker room or employee breakroom. Some states and localities have additional posters that must be posted in the same location.
We’ll start by taking a look at the federal labor law posters that construction companies must post. Then we’ll discuss a few of the specialized construction-related labor law posters that may apply to your facility.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Federal Minimum Wage Law Poster
This poster offers detailed information for construction companies about the federal minimum wage. Federal law has currently set the minimum wage at $7.25 per hour. (Note that some states and localities may have a higher minimum wage.) The FLSA poster also explains that companies must pay overtime pay of 1.5 times an employee’s regular hourly rate when an hourly employee works more than 40 hours in a week. Many states and some localities require an additional poster that sets forth their own minimum wage and that addresses other wage and hour issues, such as child labor laws.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Law Poster
This poster explains that construction companies must protect their employees from discrimination and retaliation under the laws enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The poster briefly reviews these laws, including the Civil Rights Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The characteristics protected under federal law include race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, and genetic information, including family medical history. The required poster also details how employees can file a complaint if they feel they have been discriminated against or retaliated against.
Occupational Safety and Health Law Poster
All construction companies are required to post this poster, which is mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The poster informs employees that they are entitled to a safe and healthy work environment. It also notifies employers that they must keep detailed records of employee injuries. Finally, it warns employers that they may be subject to periodic, and unannounced, compliance inspections.
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Poster
This poster explains that construction companies may be required to re-employ servicemembers after they finish a tour of duty and that they have to continue providing healthcare under their medical plan while servicemembers are deployed. It also explains that the law prohibits employers from discriminating against both servicemembers and veterans.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Poster
Construction companies that employ more than 50 people must offer up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to their employees, so long as those employees have been employed for at least 12 months and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the last 12 months. The FMLA poster explains that the requested leave can be for the birth and care of a newborn child of an employee, for the adoption or foster care placement of a child with an employee, to care for an employee’s immediate family member who has a serious health condition, or to take medical leave for a serious health condition that renders them unable to work.
Employee Polygraph Protection Act Poster
This labor law poster explains that companies cannot force employees and job applicants to take a lie detector test. It also says that employers may not discriminate or retaliate against employees who refuse to take a lie detector test.
Other Federal Labor Law Posters
Many construction companies have contracts with a federal government entity. If your business has this type of contract, you may have to post additional posters because you’re serving as a federal contractor.
Federal contractors must post six additional federal labor law notices:
- Notice of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA): This poster explains that employees have the right to organize and bargain collectively with their employers and their right to engage in other protected concerted activities. The poster also describes examples of illegal conduct by employers and unions.
- Notice to Employees Working on Government Contracts (Service Contract Act/Walsh-Healey): This notice affects all construction companies whose employees are producing materials, supplies, articles, or equipment that total more than $10,000 under a government contract. Service contracts worth more than $2,500 are also covered.
- Notice to All Employees Working on Federal or Federally Financed Construction Projects (Davis-Bacon): All construction contractors and subcontractors working on federally financed construction projects must post a copy of the specifications section of their contract that sets forth the applicable prevailing wage rates, as determined by the Secretary of Labor, at the job site.
- Worker Rights Under Executive Order 13658, Federal Minimum Wage for Contractors: Federal contractors pay must pay workers performing work on, or in connection with, covered contracts at least $10.10 (as of January 1, 2015), plus an inflation-adjusted amount thereafter as set by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. The current hourly minimum is $10.95.
- Worker Rights Under Executive Order 13706, Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors: Federal contractors must provide 1 hour of paid sick leave for every hour worked, up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year, for employees working on or in connection with their federal contracts. Employees may use paid sick leave for an illness, injury, or other health-related needs of their own or of their family members.
- Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision: This poster explains that contractors cannot fire or otherwise discriminate against an employee or job applicant because they disclosed, asked about, or otherwise discussed their pay or another person’s pay. The poster clarifies that employees who have access to confidential compensation information cannot disclose it unless they are under a legal duty to do so.
Construction-Focused Labor Law Posters
State and local laws may also require construction companies to display additional labor law posters. Other specialized labor law posters for construction companies may include the following:
- Construction Site Poster: This poster reminds viewers of the importance of safety, including the importance of wearing a hardhat and prohibiting trespassing.
- Fire Extinguisher Use and Safety Reference Guide: This poster explains the different types of fires, describes how to use a fire extinguisher properly, and offers key first aid and safety tips.
- First Aid and Safety Reference Guide: This poster details what steps to take for common first aid and safety situations, such as bleeding, shock, sprains and strains, eye injuries, and more.
- Forklift Safety and Operation Reference Guide: This poster describes the parts of a forklift and reviews how to operate a forklift safely, and it includes helpful pre- and post-inspection checklists.
How Construction Companies Can Improve Their Labor Law Compliance
Poster Compliance Center offers a convenient bundle of the most common construction-related labor law posters, plus state-specific labor law posters, to ensure you meet your legal requirements. Check out our Construction Industry page or Federal Contractor Industry page for more details, or get in touch if you have any questions.