The state of Maine requires that specific information (found on the Maine Posters) be posted in the workplaces within the state. The posters need to be placed in a visible location where all employees have access to them. Some possible places are the employee work room or break room – anywhere that the employees have access and where they often tend to gather would be appropriate places.
The posters have many benefits for the employees. Often times, an employee’s only access to the laws applying to them and their workplace are through these posters. The posters give them a resource so that they know their rights when it comes to workplace policies. In addition, the posters also give the employees a course of action if they feel like they need to file a compliant or grievance based on the policies set in place by their employers. Employers also benefit from the Maine posters because it gives them a way to reference their responsibilities in terms of upholding the labor laws that apply to them as well as keeping the workplace free from policies their violate their employee’s rights.
Maine posters need to highlight certain state laws that pertain to labor and employment. These laws include Child Labor, Family and Medical Leave, Wage Payment, Minimum Wage, Whistleblowers’ Protection Act, Discrimination, Video Display Terminal Law and Workers’ Compensation. Maine employers also need to provide information on specific federal laws as well. 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 & Health Protection.
Another thing that Maine employers need to be aware of is that labor laws frequently change and the Maine posters they have in their workplace need to reflect these changes – and that can mean updating their posters as often as once a year.