Wisconsin employers have a rather lengthy list of posting requirements for the Wisconsin posters compared to many of the other states. They have to make sure they have posted all of the required state and federal labor and employment laws within the workplace. The state laws are those that contain information on minimum wage, business closing/mass layoff, the family/medical leave act, discrimination, OSHA, unemployment insurance, child labor, the Right-to-Know, and honesty testing. The federal laws that must be posted in Wisconsin workplaces 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.
In addition to making sure they have the correct laws posted, Wisconsin employers need to also keep their Wisconsin posters up-to-date. Labor laws can change frequently – as an example, the state minimum wage rates recently increased, so the Wisconsin posters should be updated to reflect this change. These posters also need to be posted in an appropriate location. They need to be visible and accessible to all employees, so employee break rooms, work rooms or any other location within the workplace that they tend to visit or gather in on a regular basis would work.
Primarily, the Wisconsin posters are meant to benefit the employees because they give them the information they need to learn about and understand their rights and responsibilities within the workplace. The laws listed on the posters also instruct employees on how to file a complaint and which state or federal agency is set up to help them with their grievances. Employers can also benefit from this information, however. First of all, they can use the information on the posters to ensure that their company policies are upholding the laws that apply to them. Secondly, the posters can serve as a quick reference if they ever have specific questions about the laws posted.