California Labor Law Posters

Employers are required to display both state and federal labor and employment posters. This means that employers must post certain notices in their workplaces so employees have access to information about the applicable labor laws. These posters, also known as workplace postings or workplace compliance posters, can be downloaded for free from our website.


Posting Requirements

The type of posters you are required to post will be determined by:

  • The nature of your business
  • The number of employees
  • The primary language spoken by your employees
  • Whether you employ people with disabilities
  • Whether you employ minors

All notices must be posted in a conspicuous place so that they can be seen and read by employees. Failure to post notices can result in stiff penalties and possible fines. 

Don't forget to visit our federal poster page to see if you require additional federal posters specific to your organization.

The posters you are required to post also depends on which city you have employees in. Below is a list of cities that require additional labor law posters to fulfill these requirements.

Mandatory for All California Employers

Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Wage Order

There are different wage orders depending on which industry you operate in. A wage order is an official notice that includes the wage, hours, and working conditions for that specific industry. 

To figure out which industry corresponds to which wage order, go to the Index of Businesses and Occupations. If you know which wage order you need, go to the Department of Industrial Relations to get the relevant PDF. 

The industry wage orders are formatted to print on 8.5" x 11" paper.

Required for: All CA Employers.

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California Minimum Wage

The “California Minimum Wage” Poster sets forth California’s minimum wage. As of January 1, 2020, employers with 26 or more employees will pay workers a minimum wage of $13.00. Employers with 25 or fewer employees will pay workers a minimum wage of $12.00. 

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises next to your IWC Industry or Occupation Order where employees can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

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Payday Notice

The “Payday Notice” specifies the regular paydays of your company and the time and place of payment.

An employer-developed notice is permitted and it must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

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Emergency Phone Numbers

The “Emergency Phone Numbers” Poster lists emergency responders' phone numbers.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

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No Smoking Signage

Existing law prohibits smoking of tobacco products inside an enclosed space, as defined, at a place of employment. This law is enforced by local law enforcement agencies.

Signage must be posted at the entrances to buildings and in specific areas designating where smoking is prohibited/permitted in a place of employment.

Required for: All CA Employers.

Paid Sick Leave

The “Healthy Workplaces/Healthy Families Act of 2014 Paid Sick Leave” Poster describes that an employee who, on or after July 1, 2015, works in California for 30 or more days within a year from the beginning of employment, is entitled to paid sick leave. Employees, including part-time and temporary employees, will earn at least one hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked. Accrual begins on the first day of employment or July 1, 2015, whichever is later.

Exceptions: Employees covered by qualifying collective bargaining agreements, In-Home Supportive Services providers, and certain employees of air carriers are not covered by this law.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.It may be printed on 11 x 8.5 '' letter-size paper.

Required for: All CA Employers.

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Safety and Health Protection on the Job

The “Safety and Health Protection on the Job” Poster describes the rights that employees have such as complying with all workplace safety and health standards, rights of employees when workplace hazards exist, and a right to employees to not be discriminated against or retaliated against should they choose to report unsafe and/or unhealthful conditions.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

[English] [Spanish]

Notice to Employees–Injuries Caused by Work

The “Injuries Caused by Work” Notice to Employees advises employees of workers' compensation benefits. Claims administrators and employers need to revise the notice they are currently using and send it to the DWC administrative director for review and approval or they may download and use this version. 

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous place where all employees and applicants can readily see it. Employers may obtain professionally printed copies of the poster and workers’ comp claim form from their claims administrator. 

Required for: All CA Employers.

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Notice to Employees: UI, DI, PFL

The “UI, DI, PFL” Notice to Employees advises employees of potential unemployment insurance, disability insurance, and paid family leave insurance benefits. 

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

[English] [Spanish] [Vietnamese]

Notice of Workers' Compensation Carrier and Coverage

The “Workers’ Compensation Carrier and Coverage” Notice to Employees states the name of the employer's current compensation insurance carrier, or the fact that the employer is self-insured.

This notice must be obtained from the employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier and then posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

Notice to Employees–Unemployment Insurance Benefits

The “Unemployment Insurance Benefits” Notice to Employees describes that this employer is registered under the California Unemployment Insurance Code and is reporting wage credits to the Employment Development Department (EDD) that are being accumulated for you to be used as a basis for Unemployment Insurance benefits. An employee may be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance benefits if they are unemployed or working less than full-time and out of work due to no fault of their own and physically able to work, ready to accept work, and looking for work.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

[English] [Spanish] [Vietnamese]

Notice to Employees–Time off to Vote

The “Time off to Vote” Notice to Employees describes that not less than 10 days before every statewide election, every employer shall post a notice setting forth the provisions of section 14000.  California law allows you to take up to two hours off to vote, without losing any pay, if you are scheduled to be at work during the time that polls are open and you do not have sufficient time outside of working hours to vote at a statewide election.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

[English] [Spanish] [Chinese] [Korean] [Vietnamese] [Tagalog]

Whistleblower Protections

The “Whistleblowers are Protected” Poster describes California Whistleblower Law containing information on how a person who informs on a person or organization engaged in an illicit activity is protected. The poster also contains information on retaliation policy.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it. The lettering must be larger than size 14 type and include a list of employee rights and responsibilities under the whistleblower laws, including the telephone number of the whistleblower hotline maintained by the office of the California Attorney General.

Required for: All CA Employers.

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California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination & Harassment

The “California Law Prohibits Workplace Discrimination & Harassment” Poster describes laws for workplace harassment and discrimination under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and how to file a complaint if discrimination or harassment occurs. 

Employers must post these notices at every work location. The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

[English] [Spanish] [Chinese] [Korean] [Vietnamese] [Tagalog]

Sexual Harassment

The “Sexual Harassment Prevention: The Facts About Sexual Harassment” Poster describes the different types of sexual harassment, behaviors that may indicate sexual harassment, employer responsibility and liability, and how employers should prevent and correct harassment. 

Either the poster or the brochure can be distributed to employees to meet legal requirements. The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

[English] [Spanish] [Punjabi] [Chinese] [Korean] [Vietnamese] [Tagalog]

Federally Mandated

Employee Rights Under the NLRA

The NLRA notice informs employees about their rights under the NLRA to form, join and assist a union and to bargain collectively with their employer; provides examples of unlawful employer and union conduct that interferes with those rights; and indicates how employees can contact the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency that enforces those rights, with questions or to file complaints. The rules require covered Federal contractors and subcontractors to post the notice whether or not they have unionized employees.

Contractors and subcontractors must post the notice conspicuously in and around their establishments, work sites, and offices where notices are usually posted so that it is prominent and readily seen by employees who are covered by the NLRA and who are directly or indirectly engaged in contract–related activities. 

Additionally, contractors and subcontractors who post notices to employees electronically must also post the required notice electronically via a link to the OLMS’ website. When posting electronically, the link to the notice must be placed where the contractor customarily places other electronic notices to employees about their jobs. The link must read, “Important Notice about Employee Rights to Organize and Bargain Collectively with Their Employers.” The link can be no less prominent than other employee notices. Electronic posting cannot be used as a substitute for physical posting.

Required for: All CA Employers.

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Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law

Executive Order 11246 (E.O. 11246), also known as the “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” Poster prohibits certain Federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. Additionally, it protects applicants and employees from discriminatory discipline, including firing, for asking about, discussing, or disclosing their pay or the pay of their co-workers. E.O. 11246 also requires covered government contractors to take affirmative action to ensure that equal opportunity is provided in all aspects of employment.

Post copies of the poster, supplement, and provision in conspicuous places available to employees, applicants for employment, and send to representatives of labor organizations with which there is a collective bargaining agreement.

Required for: All CA Employers.

[English] [Spanish] [Chinese] [Arabic]

Family and Medical Leave Act

The “Family and Medical Leave Act” entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it. It may also be posted electronically if all other requirements have been met, but the electronic posting can not replace the physical posters. 

Required for: All CA Employers.

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Employee Polygraph Protection Act

The "Employee Polygraph Protection Act" (EPPA) generally prevents private sector employers from using lie detector tests, either for pre-employment screening or during the course of employment, with certain exceptions. Employers generally may not require or request any employee or job applicant to take a lie detector test, or discharge, discipline, or discriminate against an employee or job applicant for refusing to take a test.

EPPA excludes federal, state, and local government agencies from the Act's coverage, with respect to public employees. Lie detector tests may also be administered by the Federal Government to employees of Federal contractors engaged in national security intelligence or counterintelligence functions.  

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: All CA Employers.

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USERRA - Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act

Employers are required to provide to persons entitled to the rights and benefits under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), a notice of the rights, benefits, and obligations of such persons and such employers under USERRA. 

Employers may provide the notice, "Your Rights Under USERRA", by posting it where employee notices are customarily placed. However, employers are free to provide the notice to employees in other ways that will minimize costs if the full text of the notice is provided (e.g., by handing or mailing out the notice, or distributing the notice via electronic mail).

Required for: All CA Employers.

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Mandatory for Some California Employers

Prevailing Wage Determinations

The prevailing wage rate is the basic hourly rate paid on public works projects to a majority of workers engaged in a particular craft, classification, or type of work within the locality and in the nearest labor market area. Go to the Director’s Office of Policy, Research & Legislation to decide which prevailing rate determination is right for you.   

There are separate prevailing wage determinations for residential projects. If this applies to you, choose the city where the residential project is. 

The poster must be posted conspicuously at each job site where all workers can readily see it. 

Required for: Any body awarding any contract for public work or otherwise undertaking any public work shall cause a copy of the prevailing wage determination for each craft, classification, or type of worker needed to execute the contract.

Access to Medical and Exposure Records

The “Access to Medical and Exposure Records” Poster provides information about the rights of employees who work with hazardous or toxic substances.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: All CA employers using hazardous or toxic substances

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Family Care and Medical Leave and Pregnancy Disability Leave

The “Your Rights and Obligations as a Pregnant Employee” Poster covers rights under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the New Parent Leave Act (NPLA) . Under the California Family Rights Act of 1993 you may have a right to a family care or medical leave for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of your child. Your own serious health condition or that of your child, parent, or spouse may also be eligible reasons to take family care or medical leave. California law also prohibits employers from denying or interfering with requests for Pregnancy Disability Leave.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: CA employers with 20 to 49 employees; CA employers with 50 or more employees will need to replace their existing notice with the new version.

[English] [Spanish] [Chinese] [Korean] [Vietnamese] [Tagalog]

Transgender Rights in the Workplace

The “Transgender Rights in the Workplace” Poster describes what being "transgender" means and the obligations an employer has to maintain a non-discriminatory workplace. 

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: CA Employers with five or more employees.

[English] [Spanish] [Chinese] [Korean] [Vietnamese] [Tagalog]

Farm Labor Contractor Statements of Pay Rates

The “Farm Labor Contractor Statements of Pay Rates” Poster is a sheet for farm labor contractors to fill out for information on their statement of pay rates.

The poster must be displayed prominently where work is to be performed and on all vehicles used by the licensee for transportation of employees. It must be at least 12 inches high and 10 inches wide. (The downloaded version of this posting may not comply with the law if printed on a regular printer; seek out a commercial printer if you cannot print the poster to match the legal requirements.) 

Required for: CA farm labor contractors licensed by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).

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Operating Rules for Industrial Trucks

The “Operating Rules for Industrial Trucks” Poster provides a set of rules that must be enforced so work is conducted in a safe manner.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it.

Required for: CA Employers operating forklifts and other types of industrial trucks or tow tractors. 

[English] [Spanish]

Stop Human Trafficking

The “Stop Human Trafficking” Poster provides hotlines for if you or someone you know is being forced to engage in any activity–whether it is commercial sex, housework, farm work, construction, factory, retail, or restaurant work.  

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it. Farm Labor Contractors must post the notice in both English and Spanish, as well as in one other language that is the most widely spoken language at the business or establishment’s location. 

Required for: Farm Labor Contractors.

[English] [Spanish] [Chinese] [Korean] [Vietnamese] [Tagalog]

This Organization Participates in E-Verify

The “This Organization Participates in E-Verify” Poster informs employees that this employer will provide the federal government with employees’ Form I-9 information to confirm that they are authorized to work in the U.S. 

This notice must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer’s premises where employees can readily see it.

Required for: All Employers who participate in E-Verify.

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If You Have the Right to Work Don’t Let Anyone Take it Away

The “If You Have the Right to Work Don’t Let Anyone Take it Away” Poster from the Department of Justice informs employees that if they have the skills, experience, and legal right to work, their citizenship or immigration status shouldn’t merit discrimination in the workplace. This poster also provides contact information for the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER).  

This notice must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer’s premises where employees can readily see it.

Required for: All Employers who participate in E-Verify.

[English] [Spanish]

Required Workplace Posting for All California Barbering and Cosmetology Licensees

The "Required Workplace Posting for All California Barbering and Cosmetology Licensees" details employee rights; work agreements like minimum wage, overtime compensation, meal periods, and rest periods; tip distribution; business expense reimbursement; protection from retaliation; and how to report violations.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and applicants for employment can readily see it. 

Required for: All CA licensed barbers and cosmetologists.

[English] [Spanish] [Korean] [Vietnamese]

Recommended

IRS Withholding Notice

Publication 213, the “IRS Withholding Notice”, is a bulletin board poster advising workers to consider whether they need to file a new Form W-4 with their employer, including options that would affect that decision like marriage or divorce, changing your name, gaining or losing a dependent, or changes to your income. 

All Employers have the option to post this notice in a conspicuous area, but it is not required.

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