Labor Law Posters Required of All Retailers, Regardless of State
Every retailer, 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, breakroom, or employee kitchen. 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 retail shops must post. Then we’ll discuss a few of the specialized retailer labor law posters that may apply to your store.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Federal Minimum Wage Law Poster
This poster offers detailed information for retail employees about the federal minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour. It also explains that retailers must pay overtime pay of 1.5 times an employee’s regular hourly rate if they work more than 40 hours in a week. Keep in mind that state and local laws governing the minimum wage may differ, and many states and some cities require an additional poster that sets forth their own minimum wage and addresses other wage and hour issues, such as child labor laws.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Law Poster
This poster explains that retailers must protect their employees from discrimination and retaliation under the EEO laws. 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 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 retailers are required to post this poster, created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The poster informs employees that they are entitled to a safe, healthy work environment. At the same time, it notifies employers that they must keep detailed records of employee injuries. It also 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 retailers may be required to re-employ servicemembers after they finish a tour of duty. It also explains that the law prohibits employers from discriminating against both servicemembers and veterans.
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Poster
Retailers that employ more than 50 people 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. This poster explains that the 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 an employee’s own serious health condition that renders her unable to work.
Employee Polygraph Protection Act Poster
This labor law poster explains that retailers cannot force employees and job applicants to take a lie detector test. It also says that retailers may not discriminate or retaliate against employees who refuse to take a lie detector test.
Other Federal Labor Law Posters
Some retailers, such as commissaries on military bases, have contracts with a federal government agency. If your shop has this type of contract, you may have to post additional posters because you’re serving as a federal contractor.
Federal contractors must 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.
Retail-Focused Labor Law Posters
State and local laws may also require retailers to display additional labor law posters. For example, San Francisco, California, has a special labor law and poster for retail chains with at least 40 stores and 20 or more employees in the city. Other specialized labor law posters for retailers may include the following:
- First aid: In some states, you must display a poster that explains the proper way to render first aid in the event of a medical emergency.
- No smoking: Some states require retailers to display a labor law poster that prohibits smoking inside the store premises.
- No sexual harassment/no drugs: Some states require retail stores to display a labor law poster that defines what sexual harassment is and explains what is prohibited, following the federal EEO poster described above. Some also require shops to display a poster stating that drug or alcohol abuse is not permitted in the workplace.
How Retailers Can Improve Their Labor Law Compliance
Poster Compliance Center offers a convenient bundle of the most common retail labor law posters, plus state-specific labor law posters, to ensure you meet your legal requirements. Check out our website for more details, or get in touch if you have any questions.