I’ve received several inquiries about the “USSERA” poster. I’m almost positive that this is actually referring to the federally mandated USERRA poster. It’s an easy mistake to make, since the federal bureaucracy is awash in acronyms.
Recent changes in USERRA regulations mean employers need to update their posters with one like the laminated USERRA poster. On December 18, 2005, the Department of Labor issued its final rules and notice requirement for USERRA. The final rule went into effect January 18, 2006. The Federal Poster will reflect the new 2006 USERRA Notice, which was revised to include protections for National Disaster Medical System members.
Employers need to make sure that they are displaying an updated 2006 USERRA notice. The USERRA – Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 — provides job security for employees who voluntarily or involuntarily leave their work to serve in the US military forces, or to assist in national emergencies.
The USSERA is administered by the US Dept. of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service, or VETS. The mission statement for VETS is to provide veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities, protecting their employment rights and meeting labor-market demands with qualified veterans today. The Department of Labor, through the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), provides assistance to all persons having claims under USERRA.
By law, each employer shall provide to persons entitled to rights and benefits under USERRA a notice of the rights, benefits, and obligations of such person and such employers under USERRA. The simplest way for employers to be in compliance with this law is to obtain a USERRA poster through a poster service. Popular locations to display the posters are in employee break rooms, near the time clock, or in other “employees only” areas.
Delaware law states that all employers need to have posted a Delaware Poster in the workplace. These posters must be place in a visible spot in the workplace – one that the employees are very likely to see on a regular basis. So, employee break rooms and employee work rooms are good places as well as any place where the employees gather on a regular basis.
The Delaware Poster requirements are not just an arbitrary law for employers. They actually benefit both employees and employers when they are kept available and up-to-date. Employees benefit from these posters because they outline the state and federal laws that involve workers’ rights in the workplace. This includes everything from the minimum wage requirements to the child labor laws. Furthermore, the posters also give employees information on how to file complaints should their rights be violated in the workplace. Employers also benefit from these posters. While they outline employees’ rights, they consequently tell employers their responsibilities when it comes to upholding the law in the workplace.
The Delaware posters need to have specific information about state-specific laws and regulations when it comes to labor and workers’ rights: The posters cover information dealing with child labor, breaks, discrimination, unemployment, minimum wage, payment of wages and workers’ compensation. Additionally, there are several federal laws that need to either be included with the Delaware posters or at the minimum accompany them. They include USERRA – Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law, Federal Minimum Wage, Employee Polygraph Protection Act, Family and Medical Leave Act and OSHA – Job Safety and Health Protection.
Labor laws are often changed and updated, so employers not only need to make sure they have the posters posted in a conspicuous place, they also need to make sure the Delaware posters are current so that everyone involved is fully informed on the most up-to-date laws.