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Attorney General Conway Cautions Employers about Misleading Labor Law Poster "Notices"

Wednesday, 12 12, 2012

Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway today cautioned Kentucky employers to be on the lookout for misleading labor law notices sold by private companies. Letters sent to Kentucky businesses threaten civil and criminal penalties ranging from $7,000 to $17,000 if they do not display certain posters being sold.

"Some employers are misled into believing that these notices are official government warnings," General Conway said. "While certain posters are required by law to be posted in the workplace, the Kentucky Department of Labor, as well as other state agencies and the U.S. Department of Labor, provides these posters free of charge. I want to make sure that employers don't fall victim to these fraudulent posters and scare tactics."

Some Kentucky businesses have reported receiving threatening "second" and "final notices" from private entities selling labor law posters, which they claim are required under Kentucky and federal law. The Kentucky Department of Labor does not mail notices advising businesses of these requirements. Businesses are advised to contact the Kentucky Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor to learn what workplace posters are required.

For more information about Kentucky and U.S. labor laws, contact the following agencies:

Kentucky Department of Labor or contact Mike Donta at mike.donta@ky.gov or 502-564-3070.

U.S. Department of Labor or e-mail: Contact-OSBP@dol.gov or call 1-888-9-SBREFA.

Frequently Displayed Kentucky Workplace Posters

Frequently Displayed Federal Workplace Posters

If employers have any questions about whether they are required to display posters in their workplace, they should contact the appropriate government agency.