Employers Can Be Liable for Failing to Provide Proper Notices in the Workplace
Long Island Employment Lawyers Hold Employers Responsible for Notice Violations
Employers must post specific notices in the workplace informing workers of several rights and obligations. There are very particular requirements the employer must meet to satisfy New York State and Federal Laws. Depending on the nature and size of the business, the exact requirements vary. Failure of a covered employer to post notices can result in the imposition of fines and penalties against an employer.
Businesses may be required to post the following notices to employees:
Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) – This notice informs workers of their rights under OSHA. Employers must place this notice in a conspicuous place where employees can see it. Private employees engaged in a business affecting commerce must display the OSHA poster.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) – This is a poster with information advising employees of the minimum wage laws. Any employer subject to the FLSA must keep this information posted in a conspicuous place in all of their establishments where employees can readily see it. The Department of Labor determines the contents of this notice.
Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – The law requires that all employers covered by the FMLA post a notice created by the Department of Labor. The notice summarizes employees’ rights under the FMLA and explains how employees may file a complaint. Employers must display the notice in a conspicuous place in all of their business locations.
Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – All employers that are covered by this Act must post a Secretary of Labor notice explaining its provisions. The EEPA notice must be conspicuously placed in a prominent location where all employees and applicants can see it.
Long Island New York Employer Notice Requirements
In New York, there are additional State regulations requiring that employers notify employees of other specific rights by placing posters in the workplace. Some examples include:
Discrimination – this poster notifies employees of New York State Human Rights Law prohibiting discrimination in the workplace based on protected characteristics
Unemployment insurance – this sign informs workers of their rights to collect unemployment and how to file a claim
State minimum wage – employers must post information regarding state minimum wage laws
Workers compensation – this sign notifies employees of compliance for workers compensation and disability
Criminal conviction records – employers must post a copy of the correction law as it relates to the employment of individuals with a recorded criminal conviction.
Failing to Post Notices may Indicate Disregard for Workplace Rights
While an employer’s failure to post notices may not be an offense for which an employee can recover significant damages, it may be indicative of a pattern of disregard for employment law laws and other employee protections. If an employer is not informing workers of their rights under the law, how will employees know they can enforce them?
There is a simple reason notification requirements exist. The reason is that many employers try to take advantage of unknowing workers. Educate yourself by calling Long Island employment law attorneys at Leeds Brown. If you have questions about your workplace rights and their enforcement, contact an attorney for assistance. If your employer is withholding wages, not paying overtime, stealing tips or not notifying you of important rights, get help. We can ensure that you get the money you deserve and that your employer is held accountable for failing to follow the law.
Be aware: often employers don’t post signs because they aren’t complying with the underlying policies and laws the notices address. You may have to take additional measures to understand your rights and hold your employer accountable for the failure to post notices and any underlying violations of the law.
Your Employer may Pay Fines for Failing to Notify Employees of Workplace Rights
An employer’s failure to post required state and federal employment and employment law law notices can result in the imposition of fines. The penalties for violating different posting requirements vary. For example, an employer that violates any provision of the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, including the posting requirement, may face a fine up to $10,000. Fines can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.
Perhaps more importantly, failure to employment and wage notices as required by law may be used as evidence in future claims. In many minimum wage, overtime, and discrimination claims, the absence of posted notices may suggest that an employer knowingly violated relevant employment laws.
If you are uncertain about your workplace rights, contact Long Island employment law attorneys at Leeds Brown. Your employer may be required to post notices about minimum wage, overtime, workers compensation and unemployment among other things. The failure to do so may indicate that they are violating those laws.
Unfortunately, many employers do not always abide by the laws. Sometimes they violate workplace safety rules, notification requirements or wage regulations. Long Island employment law attorneys see hundreds and hundreds of clients each year who experience these problems firsthand. Our lawyers help these clients secure unpaid wages, overtime pay, and additional damages owed to them when employers disregard the laws.
To ensure that your employer is paying you properly, fairly, and following all legal requirements, call Long Island employment law lawyers at Leeds Brown. Our experts can help determine whether your employer is acting in violation of state and federal posting requirements and employment law laws and owes you compensation.
Leeds Brown Long Island employment law attorneys have decades of experience representing employees in cases against unscrupulous employers. We love what we do, and it shows in our results. Our dedicated and passionate advocates have secured millions of dollars in successful outcomes for Long Island employees. If your employer owes you unpaid wages, overtime or tips, or has otherwise violated your rights, Leeds Brown is the firm to contact.
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