Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) updated two of its required employee postings.
For the Fair Labor Standards Act poster (commonly called “minimum wage poster”), significant changes include the following:
- The poster includes new language from the federal health care law passed in 2009 that advises non-exempt nursing mothers of their right to be provided with a reasonable break time to express breast milk. It states that employers must provide a place that is not a bathroom, shielded from view, and free from intrusion by co-workers as well.
- Officials revised the poster to include mention of additional penalties for violations of the FLSA.
- Lastly, there is mention that some employers are classifying workers incorrectly as independent contractors thus depriving actual non-exempt workers from their entitlement to minimum wage and overtime pay protection. Federal and state agencies, including the DOL, have been focused...