In parts one and two of this five-part series, our OSHA attorneys have been discussing the role of workplace posters in the construction industry. Although your workers might pay these informational posters very little attention, they are an important part of your project site and help improve your team’s ability to remain OSHA-compliant.
Workplace posters display valuable information that can teach your workers how to avoid injury and maximize productivity. Plus, when an accident does occur on your project site, it’s helpful to indicate that you are following all suggested guidelines regarding notices and informational posters in the workplace to prove your compliance with federal, state, and local laws.
In this section, an OSHA attorney will continue to discuss specific workplace posters that should be utilized by contractors to cultivate a safer, more productive workplace. Remember, if you receive a citation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), consult an OSHA defense lawyer from Cotney Construction Law to handle your case.
“Notification of Employee Rights Under Federal Labor Laws” Poster
Contractors and subcontractors working with the federal government must post sufficient information regarding employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) which governs the relationship between unions and employers. You’re likely aware of the stress put on this relationship as unions and employers typically clash when workers feel overworked, underpaid, and underappreciated.
This notice outlines workers’ rights under the NLRA and explains how workers can organize themselves for collective bargaining with employers. These types of activities are protected under federal law, but there are cases of illegal unionized conduct that must be taken into account before workers can proceed to effectively unionize.
This poster should be conspicuously posted in areas commonly visited by workers. Additionally, this information should be posted electronically (on the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) website) and physically to ensure that all workers are aware of their rights. Failure to post this notice as described can result in the suspension or cancellation of the federal contract and even debarment from future federal contracts.
Common Laws and Regulations Related to Workplace Posters
Without the help of an OSHA defense lawyer, ensuring that your project sites have all of the necessary signage can be a challenge. Not only do you need to be wary of which posters are required on your site, you also need to understand the laws that require them to be posted in the first place. Common laws and regulations related to workplace posters include:
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act
- Executive Order 11246 (Equal Employment Opportunity)
- Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA)
- McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA)
- Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA)
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.