A nongovernmental organization based out of Cheyenne is charging nearly $100 for mandatory labor law posters that are available for free to anyone with an internet connection and printer.

In the past few weeks, many local businesses have received an order form from the Wyoming Labor Law Poster Service offering the required posters for $89 to $99 and warning that failing to display the poster can result in penalties and fines. And while employers are required to post labor law posters, there is no need to buy them.

Johnson County Sheriff Rod Odenbach stopped short of calling the Wyoming Labor Law Poster Service a scam, but he also noted that business owners should think twice before responding to an order form that many local businesses have received in recent weeks.

“It is up to the business on how or who they go through to get this information to their employees,” Odenbach wrote in an email to the Bulletin. “But I would think a business could go to the state website and print the same information and post it.”

According to the order form, the Wyoming Labor Law Poster Service is a nongovernmental organization and does not have a contract with any government agency.

“It’s not a good idea,” County Clerk Vicki Edelman said. “They charge you close to a hundred dollars for posters that can be downloaded for free online.”

Labor law posters are the mandated state and federal employment law notices that employers are required to conspicuously post in an area frequented by employees. Failure to display the correct state and federal employment law notices can result in penalties, fines and lawsuits.

According to the Better Business Bureau, the Wyoming Labor Law Poster Service is a branch of Labor Law Poster Service, Inc., which is based out of Lansing, Michigan and operates in all 50 states.

The company is currently the defendant in a lawsuit in Florida. On March 6, 2019, the Florida Attorney General filed suit against the Labor Law Poster Service. The lawsuit alleges that mailings by the company violate Florida Consumer Protection laws and a 2018 Florida law that makes it a crime to impersonate a government agency. The allegations in the lawsuit mirror complaints received by the Better Business Bureau.

The Better Business Bureau advises caution when dealing with any branch of the Labor Law Poster Service and suggests that company owners contact their state’s Attorney General's Office, Secretary of State or similar government office to confirm what, if any, annual forms are required to be submitted and the procedure to do so. 

In Wyoming, the posters can be accessed for free on the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services website at http://wyomingworkforce.org/businesses/osha/posters/.

 

Stephen Dow covers a variety of beats for the Buffalo Bulletin including the Johnson County Commissioners and JCSD #1. Stephen is a Billings native who joined the Bulletin in 2016.

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