What’s New and Where Do I Go for Help?
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the launch of the New and Small Business Assistance and the Compliance Assistance Toolkits webpages. In addition to these new resources, the Wage and Hour Division recently made available compliance assistance videos that provide brief, plain-language explanations of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) requirements and protections. The videos provide essential information employers need to understand their obligations under the law.
In other words - the government is here to help - and speaking for small business owners - I’m glad! Here’s the website: https://www.dol.gov/whd/smallbusiness.htm
If you have employees - you must have posters about the Fair Labor Standards Act and other laws affecting employees - and you are required to post them where those employees can see them. Many states also require posters, as well, so it can seem pretty daunting!
There are vendors who will happily sell you current posters (laminated and in color!), in fact, they’ll even set up a contract with you to supply new ones every time the laws change. Two of the vendors we can recommend are JJ Keller (https://www.jjkeller.com) and Labor Law Center (https://www.laborlawcenter.com/labor-law-posters)
These services can often be more than a small business owner needs though, and something you can easily manage on your own in the beginning.
The nice thing about every state DOL site I have visited and the federal DOL site is that you can download and print a copy of the laws directly from their site and some states even offer free copies.
I am in awe of the Basic Compliance Toolkit. Here’s what it contains:
· Family and Medical Leave Act poster
· Employee Polygraph Protection Act poster
And all the publications and posters are available in Spanish as well.
Why do you care? If you know the laws, you avoid one of the biggest pitfalls of business ownership by protecting your investment from fines and lawsuits. And if you know the law - you know you must have these posters and they must be placed where your employees can see them.
What other treasures are in this great Federal website?
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