According to the Federal Department of Labor, a variety of posters are required to be displayed in every workplace. These posters cover topics such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, federal minimum wage, occupational health and safety, and other important labor laws that govern workers.
A trend that has been growing rapidly in the last few years is that the definition of “workplace” has evolved, especially in the aftermath of the COVID-19 shutdowns. The workplace is increasingly becoming a remote location, usually an employee's home, making providing access to these legally required documents next to impossible.
However, New York legislators have been working on a solution.
New York Labor Law Section 201 is the law that governs New York employers’ requirement to post certain notices in a conspicuous place on each floor of their workplace. On April 26, New York legislators passed a bill that would also require employers to:
This development takes into account the expanding definition of “workplace” in the modern era. This electronic posting requirement applies to all documents that are required to be posted in the workplace under state and federal laws as well.
Once signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul, the law will immediately take effect. Therefore, now is the time for New York employers to begin steps to stay in compliance with the new law.
To ensure compliance, employers should do the following:
Additionally, employers have to make sure they have updated any employee handbooks and other resources that need updates on this important information.