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Some of the statutes and regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) require that notices be provided to employees and/or posted in the workplace. DOL provides free electronic and printed copies of these required posters.

The elaws Poster Advisor can be used to determine which poster(s) employers are required to display at their place(s) of business. Posters, available in English and other languages, may be downloaded and printed directly from the Advisor. If you already know which poster(s) you are required to display, see below to download and print the appropriate poster(s) free of charge.

Please note that the elaws Poster Advisor provides information on federal DOL poster requirements only. For state posting requirements, contact your state Department of Labor or the state contact list on



Posters of general applicability:

Poster Name


"Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act" Poster (FLSA / Minimum Wage)

June 2007

"Job Safety and Health: It's the Law" Poster (Occupational Safety and Health Act/OSHA)

(previous versions acceptable)

"Employee Rights and Responsibilities Under The Family and Medical Leave Act" (FMLA) Poster

January 16, 2009

"Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" Poster (EEO)

* DOL’s Office of Federal Compliance Programs has made minor revisions to the previous poster, including the addition of a TTY number and an explanation of who is a recently separated veteran under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974.

August 2008*

Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act Notice (MSPA)

English/Spanish: April 1983

English/Haitian: February 1984

"Employee Rights for Workers with Disabilities Paid at Special Minimum Wages" Poster (FLSA Section 14(c))

July 2007

Employee Polygraph Protection Act Notice (EPPA)

June 2003

"Your Rights Under USERRA" Notice/Poster

July 2008

Posters of special interest to federal contractors:

Poster Name


Notice to All Employees Working on Federal or Federally Financed Construction Projects (Davis-Bacon Act)

January 1986

"Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" Poster (EEO)

August 2008

"Employee Rights on Government Contracts" Poster (SCA, CWHSSA, Walsh-Healey)

January 2007

Ordering Posters:



  • elaws Poster Advisor - An interactive online tool that helps businesses determine which workplace posters are required for display at the place of business. Posters can be downloaded and printed free of charge directly from this Advisor.


  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) - Establishes minimum wages, overtime pay, record keeping and child labor standards for private sector and government workers. The FLSA is administered and enforced by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division.

  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) - Provides an entitlement of up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave during any 12-month period to eligible, covered employees for the following reasons: 1) birth and care of the eligible employee's child, or placement for adoption or foster care of a child with the employee; 2) care of an immediate family member (spouse, child, parent) who has a serious health condition; or 3) when the employee is unable to work due to his or her own serious health condition. The FMLA is administered and enforced by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division.

  • Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act - Requires employers to comply with occupational safety and health standards issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and to provide employees with a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm. The OSH Act is administered and enforced by OSHA.

  • Migrant and Seasonal Agriculture Worker Protection Act (MSPA) - Requires farm labor contractors, agricultural employers, and agricultural associations who recruit, solicit, hire, employ, furnish, transport, or house agricultural workers, as well as providers of migrant housing, to meet certain minimum requirements in their dealings with migrant and seasonal agricultural workers. The MSPA is administered and enforced by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division.

  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) - Prohibits most private employers from using lie detector tests, either for pre-employment screening or during the course of employment. The EPPA is administered and enforced by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division.

  • Executive Order 11246 (Equal Employment Opportunity) - Prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors that generally have contracts exceeding $10,000 from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; and it requires them to take affirmative action to ensure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of their employment. Executive Order 11246 is administered and enforced by the Employment Standards Administration's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

  • Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) - Requires that all contractors and subcontractors performing work on federal or District of Columbia construction contracts in excess of $2,000, or on federally assisted contracts, pay their laborers and mechanics not less than the prevailing wage rates and fringe benefits. The DBRA is administered and enforced by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division.

  • McNamara-O'Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) - Requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on federal or District of Columbia contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees in various classes no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits found prevailing in the locality or the rates (including prospective increases) contained in a predecessor contractor's collective bargaining agreement. The wage and hour requirements of the SCA are administered and enforced by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division.

  • Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) - Requires covered contractors to pay employees on federal supply contracts not less than the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and time and one half their regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. The wage and hour requirements of the PCA are administered and enforced by the Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division.

  • The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) - Requires employers to provide to employees notice of their rights, benefits, and obligations under USERRA. Employers may provide the required notice by distributing it or posting it where employee notices are customarily placed. USERRA is administered by the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS).



*Pursuant to the U.S. Department of Labor's Confidentiality Protocol for Compliance Assistance Inquiries, information provided by a telephone caller will be kept confidential within the bounds of the law. Compliance assistance inquiries will not trigger an inspection, audit, investigation, etc.

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