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| Employment Poster Scams
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Apr 23, 2008, 12:10
There are a number of posters that are required to be posted by state and federal laws. However, in most cases, you don't have to buy them. They are usually available free from the state and federal agencies that require them. So why do you keep receiving packets in the mail with official looking envelopes that say you may face huge fines for not posting their posters? Welcome to one of the more common misleading promotions that small businesses receive.
We constantly receive official looking mail that says we have to post their posters to be in compliance with the law, and their posters are incredibly expensive! According to Fortune Small Business Magazine, The Mandatory Poster Agency, which operates under dozens of aliases has been fined and barred from sending mail that can be mistaken for government warnings. Even though 15 states have reprimanded this company, they don't seem to be very dissuaded from business as usual.
Free Federal Employment Posters and the rules for who must post them can be found from the Department of Labor.
I recently had a group of 3 men show up at my office, they literally walked past my employee into my back office, saying that they were inspecting my office. I overheard my employee's objections and came downstairs to see what was going on. The confronted me saying that I was in violation of state law for not having up to date posters. I knew this was incorrect and told them so. As soon as I confronted them, they started to retreat. One man started talking about offering their services to my company, as he went fishing for a business card. I was furious. Who were they to intrude into my business location without my permission. Within minutes, they were gone.
Be cautious of any companies that have pseudo government sounding companies like govdocs.com. If the web address ends in .com you can be pretty sure that it's not state or federal. Real state and federal websites end in .gov or state._ _.us.
For mailed pieces, look carefully for the fine print, which will often say "not a government document" or something to that effect. Just remember, if anything says you have to post it, and it cost a lot of money, it's not the real deal. Look online at your state website and you'll find the actual required poster.... for FREE!
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