Businesses Warned of Fake Labor Posters
Attorney General Jack Conway is cautioning Kentucky employers to be on the lookout for misleading labor law notices sold by private companies. Letters sent to Kentucky businesses threaten civil and criminal penalties ranging from $7,000 to $17,000 if they do not display certain posters being sold.
"Some employers are misled into believing that these notices are official government warnings," General Conway said. "While certain posters are required by law to be posted in the workplace, the Kentucky Department of Labor, as well as other state agencies and the U.S. Department of Labor, provides these posters free of charge. I want to make sure that employers don't fall victim to these fraudulent posters and scare tactics."
Some Kentucky businesses have reported receiving threatening "second" and "final notices" from private entities selling labor law posters, which they claim are required under Kentucky and federal law. The Kentucky Department of Labor does not mail notices advising businesses of these requirements. Businesses are advised to contact the Kentucky Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor to learn what workplace posters are required.
Frequently Displayed Kentucky Workplace Posters
- Wage Discrimination Poster, Wage and Hour Laws Poster and Child Labor Laws Poster, labor.ky.gov click on "Office of Work Place Standards" then click on "Division of Employment Standards" then click on "Posters".
- Occupational Safety and Health Poster may be downloaded from labor.ky.gov/osh/educationtraining after clicking on "Publications."
- Unemployment Insurance Benefits Poster click on "Publications."
- Employment Opportunity Poster
- Several of these posters also may be ordered online at http://ssla.state.ky.us/labor/oshpub
Frequently Displayed Federal Workplace Posters
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage Poster
- Employee Polygraph Protection Act
- Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
- Equal Opportunity Employment is the Law
- Employers also may visit the US Department of Labor to download posters.
If employers have any questions about whether they are required to display posters in their workplace, they should contact the appropriate government agency.
SOURCE: news release