Answers to Questions About Required Workplace Posters
The following information can also be found directly from the L&I website: https://www.lni.wa.gov/FormPub/questions.asp
- Can I send my employees a link to the L&I website for the poster information instead of posting the actual poster?
No. As an employer, you are required to make the posters available to your employees where they can see and read them. (See No. 10 for posting requirements.) Employers may provide electronic links to the poster information in addition to posting the actual posters in the workplace. For example, if your business has an internal Web page, you could include a link to the workplace posters as an additional resource.
Note: If you have employees who work from home, see No. 2 for specific requirements.
- If I have one or more employees in Washington State who work from their home or vehicle, do they have to post the posters in their home or vehicle?
No. As the employer, you are required to make the posters available to your employees where they can see and read them. To comply with this requirement for employees working from their home or vehicle, you may:
Send each employee a set of posters. You can order them at no cost by visiting www.Posters.Lni.wa.gov. You may want to document that you sent the posters to your employees.
Send each employee an email with a link to www.Posters.Lni.wa.gov. Instruct your employees to read the posters and print them for their records. They do not have to post them in their home or vehicle.
- Does a construction company have to post the posters at every job site or just in the construction office?
The key consideration is where the employees report for work. If your employees report to a central office, posting in the office is fine. If they report to a job shack, post them there. You may want to do both as the posters are free. You are not required to post them in a truck.
- I have a very small office in Washington State and one employee. Do I have to post the posters in my Washington State office?
Yes. If you have a business location in Washington State and one or more employees works from that location, the law requires you to post the posters there, in a place where the employees can see and read them.
- Am I required to post the Spanish portion of the posters?
There is no requirement to post the Spanish portion of the posters. However, if you have Spanish-speaking employees — even if they speak English — we encourage you to post both the English and Spanish information.
- Do the posters from L&I meet the requirements for other state and federal laws or do we have to post additional posters?
L&I’s Job Safety and Health Law poster takes the place of the federal OSHA Workplace Poster. For all others, employers must post both state and federal posters.
- Is there a poster on the Washington minimum wage?
No. Minimum wage information is on the L&I website at www.Lni.wa.gov/WorkplaceRights/Wages/Minimum. There is a required federal minimum wage poster (see Question 6 for the link). Although Washington employers are required to display the federal poster, they are required to pay the higher Washington minimum wage.
- We have a sales representative working in Washington State but our office is in another state. Do we need to post the Washington State posters in our office?
No. You should provide your employee in Washington State with copies of the posters. (See No. 2.)
- Is a business that does not have employees required to post the L&I posters?
No. However, if you received posters from L&I and you do not have employees, you may want to call 360-902-4817 to make certain your business information with us is correct. Our records may indicate that you do have employees.
- What are the rules for where to post the required posters?
Post them where they can easily be seen and read by employees and keep them in good condition. Areas where you might consider posting the posters include the employee break room, employee bulletin board, or the area where time cards are kept. The inside of a closet door or an area where employees have limited access would not be good choices.
- What are the titles and document numbers for L&I’s required posters?
- Job Safety and Health Law (F416-081-909).
- Your Rights as a Worker (F700-074-909).
- Notice to Employees — If a Job Injury Occurs (F242-191-909). Note: Self-insured businesses need to post Notice to Employees — Self-Insured Business (F207-037-909).
If you are in the SMART retro groups, download your 2019 posters here (both English & Spanish available)
If you are in the PITB retro groups, download your 2019 posters here (both English & Spanish available)