Which Posters Do Employers Have to Post at the Workplace in California?

Find out if your company has all of the required posters at your workplace.

California employers must post a variety of notices at the workplace. The purpose of these posters is to inform employees of their rights at work, including how to file a complaint or otherwise report violations of those rights. Employers in California must post information on both state and federal employment laws. Failing to post required notices can have serious consequences, including penalties and even criminal charges.

Required Posters

California employers must post the following federal notices:

  • Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities Under the Family Medical Leave Act (employers with 50 or more employees only)
  • Your Rights Under USERRA (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act)
  • Employee Rights: Employee Polygraph Protection Act

California employers must also post the following notices specific to California law:

  • Official Notice: California Minimum Wage Order
  • Payday Notice
  • California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination and Harassment
  • Notice A: Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee (employers with five to 49 employees only)
  • Notice B: Family Care and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave (employers with 50 or more employees only)
  • Safety and Health Protection on the Job
  • Notice to Employees: Injuries Caused By Work
  • Emergency Phone Numbers
  • Whistleblowers Are Protected
  • Healthy Workplaces Healthy Families Act of 2014: Paid Sick Leave
  • Time Off to Vote
  • Notice to Employees (unemployment compensation, disability insurance, paid family leave)

Your city or local government may also have posting requirements (for example, San Francisco has several additional posting requirements). Check with your local municipal or county government office to find out.

If a significant number of your employees speak a language other than English, you may need to post notices in that language as well.

Where to Post

Employers must post these notices at every work location. They must be posted in a conspicuous and easily accessible place, where employees and applicants can see them. Common locations for posting include a company break room or lunch room, near the employee entrance, near the HR office, or near a highly trafficked workplace area, such as a kitchen, copier, or vending machines.

Where to Get Required Posters

You can download the required notices from the state or federal agency that issues them. For example, you can get most of the federal posters from the Department of Labor’s Poster Page. Most required California posters are available from the Department of Industrial Relations at its workplace postings page. And the Notice to Employee forms can be found at the Employment Development Department’s website.

There are also private vendors who assemble packages of required posters for each state. These services can be quite convenient, as the vendors will typically provide you with updates as necessary. You’ll also save on space, as these vendors combine all required posters into one large notice that’s ready to pin up on the bulletin board. An Internet search for “California workplace posters” will reveal plenty of options for purchasing posters and updating services.

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