The N.C. Department of Labor provides labor law posters free of charge to the public, but that has never stopped private poster companies from trying to make a buck off businesses by threatening them with huge fines. Be aware that poster companies have recently added email messages and phone calls to their toolbox of tricks.
“This is my annual reminder to ignore the ridiculous solicitations,” Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said. “Your tax dollars have already purchased your business a poster, so save your money and call NCDOL for your free set.”
Private poster companies make money selling expensive posters by threatening businesses into buying the latest poster or risk incurring substantial fines from the N.C. Department of Labor. The poster companies have been known to charge as much as $190 per poster. The Labor Department has seen an increase in complaints about the emails and phone calls.
The Labor Department will not fine businesses that have the old posters displayed. NCDOL inspectors carry the newest posters in their vehicles and will offer them free to employers who have out-of-date posters.
“We would never fine an employer unless the employer just blatantly refused to put the posters up,” Commissioner Berry said. “I don’t know of any employer who has refused to take a free set of posters from one of our inspectors.”
The labor law posters are required under North Carolina law. The posters carry information on the state’s Wage and Hour Act and what are commonly referred to as “OSHA” regulations, or the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Businesses may not have to order new posters. The Labor Department printed updated posters after Congress passed the changes to the minimum wage in 2007. Any business that received posters with information about the three-step change to the minimum wage does not need a new set.
Businesses that need to order new posters can visit the Department of Labor website at www.nclabor.com/posters/posters.htm or call 1-800-625-2267.