The Compliance Guide for New Business Owners Part 1

Congratulations on your new business! It’s probably safe to assume you have your hands full at the moment. If you’re visiting this page chances are you’re researching labor law posters in order to find out which ones you need. This guide should supply you with all the information and resources you need to be in compliance for your new business. Let’s check it out:

What are the new labor laws? What even are labor laws?

Labor laws dictate the rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees. Each state, along with the federal government, has its own set of labor laws and requires employers to post them in a space that is easily accessible and viewable to employees. The laws that make up the labor posters serve as a resource for employees so that they can know their rights. In recent years, cities and counties have also started creating their own labor laws.

Here’s a quick overview of all the labor posters you may need to maintain compliance:

State and Federal Labor Posters

Without even knowing what industry you’re in or anything about your employees, you’ll need to post all state and federal labor law notices if you have any employees on payroll. The only exception to this would be if your employee is your spouse. There are certain labor law notices you only need to post if you have a certain number of employees. For the purpose of keeping it simple for you, the best way to be in compliance with state and federal labor laws is to acquire a full set of state and federal labor posters. These posters have all the required state and federal labor laws on them. That way, you can rest assured that you’re in compliance for all state and federal notices no matter what your situation is.

City Posters

Many cities and counties have their own labor laws, and even more are creating them at this very moment. We’re living in a new age of labor posters and if you aren’t required to have city or county posters now, there’s a good chance you will in the future. Purchase a city or county poster. You can also sign up for email notifications when there’s a new city or county poster that might affect your posting requirements.

 Federal Contractor Posters

If you’re a federal contractor and/or subcontractor you are required to post federal contractor posters. These include:

  • Notice of Employee Rights Under the National Labor Relations Act
  • Notice to Employees Working on Government Contracts
  • Notice to All Employees Working on Federal or Federally Financed Construction Projects
  • Worker Rights Under Executive Order 13658: Federal Minimum Wage for Contractors

You can order some of these sections separately because you may not be required to post all 4 notices. However, our Federal Contractor poster includes all the required notices for your convenience.

Spanish Posters

These posters are available if you have employees that primarily speak and read Spanish.

Workplace and other Safety Posters

To improve the communication between employer and employee you can post workplace and safety posters. To get a more in-depth description, check out our post on workplace and safety posters. These labor posters serve as a great resource for employees, especially if they need to know how to act in an emergency. Some of the well-known workplace and safety posters include:

  • Fire Extinguisher Use & Safety Reference Guide
  • First Aid & Safety Reference Guide
  • No Sexual Harassment/No Drugs at Work Poster
  • Lift Safely & Prevent Slips, Trips and Falls Reference Guide
  • Forklift Safety & Operation Reference Guide

We’ve reached the halfway point of our compliance guide for new business owners. Stay tuned for part 2, which is coming out tomorrow. Until then, you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. We would also love your feedback! Feel free to leave a question or comment about this post.