Like all of the other states, employers in Virginia need to make sure they post Virginia posters that contain information on state and federal laws. The state laws that the employers should post are those with information about OSHA, discrimination, unemployment insurance and workers’ compensation. The federal laws that need to be posted are pretty much the same for every state. 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.
Employers in Virginia need to make sure they have the most up-to-date information on their posters because labor and employment laws tend to change frequently – sometimes even yearly. The posters also need to be placed in a visible place within an area that all employees have access such as a work room, break room or any other place that employees tend to gather or visit on a regular basis.
Posting of the Virginia posters is primarily meant to benefit the employees because this is often their main source of information to help them learn about and understand their workplace rights and responsibilities. The posters outline the laws, the rights and the complaint or grievance process (including which state and federal agencies they need to contact if there is a problem) for employees in Virginia. Employers also benefit from these posters, however. They can use the information to make sure that their company policies conform to the laws on the posters so that their employees’ rights are upheld according to the law. The can also use the posters as a reference point if there is ever a question about specific aspects of certain laws such as who is eligible for workers’ compensation or who is eligible for the Family and Medical Leave Act.