Employers in the United States are undoubtedly aware of the branch of government named the Department of Labor (DOL). However, some employers may not know how to address the obligations and requirements set forth by the DOL. This document provides a broad overview of Department of Labor Workplace Requirements. Please keep in mind that requirements may vary by location and industry.
The mission statement of the Department of Labor (DOL) reads as follows:
"The Department of Labor (DOL) fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support."
To achieve the mission the DOL has laid out, there are laws that require employers to display official DOL posters where employees can readily observe them. These posters literally spell out the Department of Labor workplace requirements, procedures and benefits. This can be a challenge because the information may change periodically, may vary by location and may require translation to ensure comprehension.
Since posting requirements vary by industry, employer size, employer activities and workforce demographics, figuring out which documents to post, and where to post them is a common problem. To help simplify matters, the DOL has set up a website to answer frequently asked questions related to worker notification. The Poster Advisor helps employers comply with posting requirements of several laws administered by the DOL.
Please note: the Poster Advisor only provides information about Federal requirements. You would need to contact your State Department of Labor to obtain additional information about specific state and local requirements. You can find additional resources and state specific links at Business.gov.
Maintaining compliance with the Department of Labor workplace requirements can raise many questions. To help you resolve additional issues, the DOL offers a Compliance Assistance tool. Finally, to contact the DOL directly, use these contact options.