All businesses with employees are required by law to post certain notices in a place where employees can see them (ie: break room or near a time clock). There are both federal and state posting requirements. Federal requirements include notices informing employees of the federal minimum wage, equal employment opportunity, family and medical leave act, occupational safety and health and others. Postings for states vary, but if you have employees, you need to be aware of which postings are required. If the proper notices are not displayed, you can be assessed a fine.
We recently received a mailing from a company that sells the required posters. While the notice looked official, it was from a company that overcharges for the posters, which you can get for free from federal and state websites. For example, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services website has detailed instructions on posting requirements, links to the posters or which governmental office to get them from, as well as points of contact for questions. Also, many payroll companies will also provide a copy to you for free or a nominal charge. If you use our on-line payroll system, we offer this service for free.
Please read the fine print of any notices you receive and be careful not to pay for services unnecessarily.