Labor Law Posting Requirements for Hotels, Motels, and Resorts
Every hotel, motel, and resort, regardless of its location, must post certain labor law posters based on federal law. You must post them in a location where employees can readily and frequently see them, such as a breakroom or kitchen. Some states also have additional requirements for the hospitality industry, including every type of business that provides lodging to guests.
Here is a list of the required labor law posters for hotels, motels, and resorts, along with a brief description of each.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Federal Minimum Wage Law Poster
This poster explains the requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA for short. The FLSA sets the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour. The poster also explains that restaurants must pay tipped employees a cash wage of $2.13 per hour, with the tips making up the rest of their pay, if they earn at least $30 in tips each month. If $2.13 plus tips do not equal the minimum wage, employees must be paid the difference. The poster also explains that employees may be entitled to overtime pay of 1.5 times their regular hourly rate if they work more than 40 hours in a week. Additionally, the poster describes employers’ other obligations, including that they must pay all wages on their regular payday and that they cannot deduct for things like required uniforms if they bring the employee’s compensation below minimum wage or if they cut into their overtime pay.
Of course, the laws that apply in your state or locality may require a higher minimum wage. Many states require hotels, motels, and resorts to display an additional poster that sets forth their own minimum wage and that details other wage and hour issues, such as child labor laws. For example, hotels in Oakland, California, New Jersey, and New York must display a special minimum wage poster.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Law Poster
This poster describes how hotel, motel, and resort employees are protected from being discriminated against or retaliated against in the workplace because of a protected characteristic, such as their race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, and genetic information, including family medical history. The poster briefly reviews the laws it enforces, including the Civil Rights Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The poster also walks employees through how they can file a complaint.
Occupational Safety and Health Law Poster
All hotels, motels, and resorts are required to display this poster, which informs employees that they are entitled to a safe, healthy work environment. The poster also informs employers that they must keep records of employee injuries and that they may be subject to periodic unannounced compliance inspections by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Poster
This labor law poster explains that hotels, motels, and resorts may be required to re-employ servicemembers after they finish a tour of duty. Additionally, the poster informs servicemembers that they are entitled to continued healthcare coverage from their employer’s plan for up to 24 months while they are serving their country. Further, the poster notifies readers that the law prohibits employers from discriminating and retaliating against both servicemembers and veterans.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Poster
To be covered by the FLMA, hotels, motels, and resorts must employ more than 50 people. If they do, these businesses must offer up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to their employees who have been employed for at least 12 months and who have worked at least 1,250 hours during the last 12 months. The FMLA poster explains that this 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 the employee unable to work.
Employee Polygraph Protection Act Poster
This labor law poster explains that employees and job applicants cannot be forced to take a lie detector test. It also informs employees that, if they refuse to take a lie detector test, their employer cannot discriminate or retaliate against them.
Other Federal Labor Law Posters
Some hotels and lodging companies have contracts with a federal government agency. If your hotel has this type of contract, you may have to post additional posters because you’re serving as a federal contractor. If this is the case, you’ll need to post four additional federal labor law posters: the Notice of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Notice to Employees Working on Government Contracts (SCA/Walsh-Healey), Notice to All Employees Working on Federal or Federally Financed Construction Projects (Davis-Bacon), and Worker Rights Under Executive Order 13658: Federal Minimum Wage for Contractors.
Other Hotel-Focused State and Local Labor Law Posters
State and local laws may also require hotels, motels, and resorts to display additional labor law posters, depending on whether they have a restaurant on-premises or other businesses that may be subject to additional requirements, such as a boutique or other shop.
Keep in mind that you may have additional posting requirements if you have employees who speak languages other than English; for example, in some states, you will need to have a Spanish language version of your labor law posters.
How Hotels, Motels, and Resorts Can Stay in Compliance With Labor Law Posting Requirements
Poster Compliance Center offers a convenient bundle of the most common labor law posters for hotels and resorts, plus state-specific labor law posters, to ensure you meet your legal requirements. And we’ll also update you every time these laws change. Check out our website for more details, or get in touch if you have any questions.