Which Labor Law Posters Do I Need for Construction Sites?


When you have employees spread out over multiple construction sites, it can be difficult to know if you are running each site legally. One of the things you need to do is ensure that you are following the procedures set in place by both the federal government and your state government regarding labor law posters. If you have workers who are laying carpet, doing electrician work, working as power line technicians, building fences, installing insulation, or participating in the demolition and construction of major buildings, you need to be sure that every employee reports to a place where the labor law posters are openly displayed.

This may mean requiring your employees all report to a central location at least once per day; or it may mean posting the labor law posters at every job site. How far your job sites are spread, and how you choose to run your crews, will determine your choice.

Required Federal Posters

These are the posters that you are required by the federal government to display at any job site where employees report:

  • Job Safety and Health Protection
  • Equal Employment Opportunity poster
  • Notice to Workers with Disabilities Paid at Special Minimum Wages
  • Davis Bacon Act Poster
  • Family and Medical Leave Act Poster
  • Federal Minimum Wage
  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act

If you are a federally contracted construction company, you will also need to display the Notice to Employees Working on Government Contracts and the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act poster. If you rely on seasonal or migrant workers for the landscaping or other aspects of your construction jobs, you will need to post the Notice Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act labor law poster.

Required State Posters

Every state has a different set of specific required posters, but the basic labor law posters that you will need to display include the Occupational and Safety Health Act poster, which may be specific to your state if you have an OSHA-approved State Plan, or may be a general OSHA poster if you do not. Many states also require notices regarding the Child Labor Laws, the Unemployment Insurance Policies, and the specific wage and discrimination labor laws that are unique to your state.

For example, if your state’s minimum wage is different than the federal minimum wage, you are required by law to pay whichever is highest; but you must display both numbers.

The best way to get the list of state required labor law posters for your construction site is to visit the state’s Department of Labor website and follow the links to the Posters page.

If your construction site is manned by Spanish-speaking employees, you are responsible for ensuring that everyone understands the required labor law posters. This may mean posting in both Spanish and English. Additionally, some states require that you post Spanish posters regardless of your workplace makeup. Check your state’s Department of Labor website for this information.

Once you have all the labor posters displayed properly, you can begin your work with the assurance that you are following the letter of the law.

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