Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Cautions Employers Regarding Misleading Labor Law Poster “Notices”

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 17, 2007  
Revision Date:  Friday, August 17, 2007 
  (Updated link for Occupational Safety & Health Poster.)  
Contact Information:  Corey Bellamy, 502-696-5643 Office  


Attorney General Greg Stumbo 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 may be misled into believing that these notices are official government warnings.  While certain posters are required by law to be posted in the workplace, the Kentucky Department of Labor, as well as other Kentucky agencies and the U.S. Department of Labor, provides these posters free of charge.

“These notices use scare tactics and official-looking seals and language to mislead businesses into thinking the government is contacting them and threatening a fine if they don’t purchase these posters,” noted Attorney General Stumbo.  “Employers need to know that these posters may be obtained free of charge from governmental agencies.”

The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division has received complaints from Kentucky businesses that have received threatening “Second” and “Final Notices.” These companies are private entities that sell 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 legal 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

www.labor.ky.gov or contact e-mail Mike Dixon at mike.dixon@ky.gov.

U.S. Department of Labor

www.dol.gov/osbp/sbrefa/poster/matrix.htm 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.