The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission oversees compliance with federal laws governing retail store labor practices. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires retailers of all workforce sizes to adhere to the Immigration Reform and Control Act (is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security), Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

There are Federal and State requirements for certain labor law posters to be posted in a visible place in your workplace. These posters inform your retail employees of their rights under the labor laws. They also provide the proper contact information for the government agencies that provide legal protection under these laws. You are required to display these posters if you have even a single employee.

Required State Labor Law Posters

Every state has different requirements for their labor law posters. One they all have in common is the Occupational Safety and Health Act poster, which informs employees of your responsibility to provide them with a safe workplace. If your state has an OSHA-approved State Plan, then your OSHA labor law poster may look slightly different from other states’

The best way to discover the state’s requirements for your retail business is to visit your state’s Department of Labor website and follow the links to poster requirements. You can find a list of all the state contact information on the federal Department of Labor website  here.

Required Federal Labor Law Posters

Every retail store must display the federal labor law posters. These include:

  • Job Safety and Health Protection poster
  • Equal Employment Opportunity poster
  • Notice to Workers with Disabilities Paid at Special Minimum Wages
  • Davis Bacon Act poster
  • Family and Medical Leave Act poster
  • Federal Minimum Wage poster
  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act poster

If you are a retailer that has a contract with the federal government, such as a gift shop or convenience store on a military base, you will need to display posters specific to federal employees. The  federal contractor poster  has all mandatory federal notices required to post for a federal contractor.