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Employer Responsibilities: Required Notices

As an employer, you’re required to post certain notices in areas where your employees and applicants can easily view them.

If you want to know which specific notices are required for your business, then use the Department of Labors “FirstStep Poster Advisor” to answer questions about your business.

Employee Polygraph Protection Act

The Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) prevents most companies from using lie detector tests for pre-screening applicants or during employment.

Under the EPPA, you cannot require nor request that any applicant or employee takes a lie detector test. You can also not terminate or discipline an employee for refusing to take a lie detector test.

Under the EPPA, you are required to post a notice explaining the act in an area where applicants and employees can easily access it.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It prohibits you from discriminating against employees and applicants based on race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or genetic information.

If you have 15 or more employees, you must display the “Equal Opportunity is the Law” poster in a prominent and easy to view place in your business.


If you use E-Verify to determine if your employees are eligible to work in the United States, you have to display an E-Verify participation poster and a Right to Work poster in both Spanish and English. After you’ve enrolled in E-Verify and completed their online tutorial, you’ll be able to download and print the posters.

Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth standards affecting full-time and part-time employees.

You’re required to pay your employees at least the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, and must display the “Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act” poster.

If you employ workers with disabilities and have received a certificate from the Wage & Hour Division (WHD) to pay your employees below minimum wage, you must also display “Employee Rights for Workers with Disabilities/Special Minimum Wage” poster.

Family & Medical Leave Act

If you had 50 or more employees for at least 20 weeks last year, you’re covered under the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period

  • for the birth of a child or the placement of a child for adoption or foster care;
  • to bond with a child, within one year of the birth or placement of the child;
  • to care for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition;
  • for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform their job; or
  • for qualifying exigencies related to the foreign deployment of a military member who is a spouse, child, or parent of the employee.

If you have at least 50 employees, you must post a notice explaining their rights under the FMLA.

Occupational Safety & Health Act

The Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Act formed the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), which guarantees safe and healthful working conditions for employees.

OSHA requires you to display the “Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law” poster to inform your employees of their rights under the OSH Act.

Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act

The Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects military members’ employment and reemployment rights, when returning from a period of service. The protections under the USERRA include members called up from the Reserves or the National Guard. The USERRA prevents employers from discriminating based on military service.

You are required to provide service members protected by the USERRA a notice of their rights and benefits. You can do this by displaying the USERRA notice where all employees can see it or by emailing or mailing it to your protected employees.

State Notices

Your state’s labor department will have additional posters for you to display, which will inform your employees of their state’s rights, such as state minimum wage, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation, and sick leave.

Learn More About Your State’s Requirements