One impediment to an injured worker receiving fair compensation is the employee lack of knowledge about the laws an rules that apply in the workplace. If an injured worker does not know that there should be compensation for certain injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome, for example), the claim for benefits may not be timely filed. Interestingly, Federal law requires the posting of information about a number of topics, but workers compensation is not one of them. State laws govern the posting of worker compensation rights.
Federal law currently requires posting about the following:
1. New Federal Minimum Wage (Fair Labor Standards Act) – With the minimum wage due to go up each year through 2009, employers are required to display a poster prescribed by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor.
2. USERRA Notice – covers the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which protects the employment and benefits rights of workers in the military.
3. Equal Employment Opportunity – provides information concerning the laws and procedures for filing complaints of violations of the laws with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. (OFCCP)
4. Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) – informs employees of the protections of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and its amendments.
5. Polygraph Protection – explains the Polygraph Protection Act on its promises as prescribed by the Secretary of Labor.
6. Family and Medical Leave – informs employees how to file a complaint and summarizes the major provisions. This must be posted even if there are no eligible employees.