All employers are required to display labor law posters. Poster compliance is one of those necessary evils that most business owners don't want to think about for one millisecond more than they have to. And scammers prey on this. This article is about the types of labor law poster scams you may encounter and how to avoid them.
Types of scams
Here are just a few of the labor law poster scams we've heard of...
- You get a letter in the mail that looks like an official government mailer. It’s telling you about a mandatory change and insists that if you don’t update your compliance posters you’ll be fined thousands of dollars.
- You get a phone call from a supposed labor poster company that claims to supply your posters. They tell you to update your compliance posters “or else” you will be fined. The updates cost hundreds of dollars.
- People actually show up at your business and claim to be OSHA inspectors or another type of government official. They claim your compliance posters are outdated and insist you update them immediately for a large fee.
What you need to know
Labor law posters are available for purchase from a variety of sources, and most of them are legitimate. You can purchase them from a government agency and several legitimate labor law poster companies.
How to avoid a scam
Here are some guidelines to make sure you don't get scammed...
- Verify the source. If someone is at your door selling themselves as a government agent, ask to see some ID. If it’s an email, check to see if anything was really changed in the labor laws relevant to your business, then do some basic research on the company.
- A legitimate company will only contact you to notify you of labor law updates. They won't threaten you with fines or penalties.
- Don't ever buy posters from someone selling them door-to-door, at least in the moment. Take their information down and do some research.
- Conduct a basic Google search and check out company reviews before making any purchases. If people were scammed before they are likely to report it.
- Consider enrolling in an automated poster compliance service. Such a service will automatically send you verified updates to your labor law poster, and they're typically very affordable.
- Consider only enrolling in an automated poster compliance service if it comes with a guarantee. For example, they're willing to pay up to a certain amount of any potential fines should you ever be found to not be in compliance.
We created a free New York State Labor Law Poster Compliance Kit to help you take all the guesswork out of poster compliance. Click the image button below and check it out!