Misleading Labor Law Poster Solicitations Could Cost Businesses Hundreds of Dollars

BBB offers 4 tips to help protect your business from misleading labor law poster solicitations
December 16, 2013

Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges businesses to use caution when considering solicitations from companies offering labor law posters. Questionable mailings often appear official, with the business name sounding deceptively like a government agency. Some mailings may also include statements such as “Final Notice” or give a false sense of urgency for the recipient to pay fees.

While employers are required by law todisplay certain labor law posters, these posters are generally available forfree. For employers who wish to save time and comply with current laws, thereare legitimate third-party poster sellers that offer this service for areasonable fee.

BBB offers the following four tips tobusinesses and employers regarding labor law poster solicitations:

1. Be suspicious of poster solicitations that appear to be from a governmental or official agency requesting payment.

2. Check with BBB at www.bbb.org to view a company’s track record, as well as customer reviews and complaint history. 

3. Choose a qualified seller that understands both state and federal labor laws. Determine if the labor law poster company utilizes labor law attorneys to interpret regulatory requirements.

4. If considering a third-party poster company, determine what fees are charged and if the company offers any guarantees regarding fines.

For information on labor law poster requirements and/or obtain posters for free, contact the Industrial Commission of Arizona and the United States Department of Labor.

To learn about a current fake mailer targeting small businesses in Arizona, visit the Arizona Attorney General’s website at www.azag.gov. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, call the Attorney General’s office at 602-542-5763.

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