In New York, posters outlining the state and federal labor and employment laws need to be placed in each workplace. Additionally, the states’ employers need to make sure the posters are in an obvious spot in an area where all employees have access such as in a work room, break room or mail room – anywhere where the employees tend to gather on a regular basis. Employers in New York also need to make sure that they have the most current posters available. This is important because labor laws change frequently, sometimes even yearly.
The New York posters need to show information about both state and federal labor laws. The state laws that employers should have posted in their workplace include information about the Right-to-Know, the Clean Indoor Air Act, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, disability benefits, discrimination, the Time Off to Vote Notice, minimum wage and child labor. The federal laws that need to be posted are 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.
The posting requirements for New York posters are meant to benefit the state’s employees because in many cases this is the only place where employees have access to the information concerning their rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Additionally, the state and federal laws include information about the different options that employees have for filing complaints as well as which state and federal agencies they need to contact in their specific situation.
Employers do benefit from the New York posters as well, though. They can use the information on the posters to help them know what they need to do to uphold the laws that apply to them as well as a quick reference if they have specific questions about certain laws such as exactly which hours minors are allowed to work during the school year.