Labor Law Or Your Choice?

Overflowing mail 150x150 Labor Law Or Your Choice?The Montana State Department of Labor and Industries reports that several small businesses in the state are still being targeted by aggressive companies trying to sell labor law posters.

Montana, like most states, does require employers to post labor law posters in their workplaces. However, you aren’t required to pay for them. Such posters are available directly from Labor & Industries for free.

“We are still getting reports from Montana businesses that these companies continue to send posters and demand payment, despite the fact that the business didn’t order them,” says Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly.

“These companies are even suggesting that by not purchasing the poster the business is breaking the law. We want to remind businesses that  if you get something in the mail you didn’t order, you are not obligated in any way to pay for it. You can write ‘Did Not Order, Return to Sender’ on the envelope and send it back to the company.”

Posters required by Montana’s state laws include Proof of Unemployment Insurance coverage and Proof of Workers’ Compensation coverage.

Businesses that have returned the posters and are still getting invoices from the poster company can contact the Better Business Bureau to file a complaint online at www.bbb.org. You can also contact Montana’s Office of Consumer Protection at (800) 481-6896 or email contactocp@mt.gov.

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About Holly Doering

Holly Doering has worked for the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Montana for half a decade. Her areas of expertise include the CORE Values Program (Character, Optimism, Respect, Ethics) for Teens and Charity Review as well as writing and editing. Prior to that, she has written for two newspapers, a local magazine, and taught English at the community college. She is the proud author of a short story in ZYZZYVA literary magazine and has had good luck publishing lots of poetry. Each year she rolls up her sleeves and wades into the autumn Nanowrimo writing madness and has several unfinished novels to her credit.