Iowa 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.

Find the Right Poster for You

The posters we provide are organized into four sections: 

Mandatory for All Iowa Employers

Iowa Safety and Health Protection on the Job

Iowa’s “Job Safety and Health–It’s the Law” Poster details employees’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities so the workplace can remain a safe and healthy place.

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

Required for: All IA Employers.

[English]

Your Rights Under Iowa’s Minimum Wage Law

The “Your Rights Under Iowa’s Minimum Wage Law” Poster provides details about Iowa's minimum wage law.

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

Required for: All IA Employers.

[English]

Iowa Equal Employment Opportunity

Iowa’s “Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law” Poster guarantees the right of all persons to apply and be considered for job opportunities on the basis of the person’s ability to do the job. It also provides contact information for the Iowa Civil Rights Commission.

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

Required for: All IA Employers.

[English]

Unemployment Insurance

Iowa’s “Unemployment Insurance” Notice states that employees may be entitled to benefits if they become unemployed or their hours get reduced. There is also information about the different ways to file a claim.

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

Required for: All IA Employers.

[English]

Iowa Smokefree Air Act

According to the Iowa Smokefree Air Act, the employer, owner, operator, manager, or person having custody or control of a place where smoking is prohibited shall post signs in and at every entrance to the public place, place of employment, area declared nonsmoking, and outdoor area where smoking is prohibited that clearly and conspicuously inform persons that they are entering a no smoking facility or area.

All “no smoking” signs must contain the following elements:

  • The words “No Smoking” or the international “No Smoking” symbol
  • The Smokefree Air Act Helpline: “1-888-944-2247”
  • The official Web site: “SmokefreeAir.Iowa.gov” (older signs can have www.iowasmokefreeair.gov)
  • All “no smoking” signs should be at least 24 square inches in size. 6x4 or 8x4 are common sizes.

The signs must clearly and conspicuously inform persons that they are entering a no smoking facility or area.

Required for: All IA Employers.

[English]

Federally Mandated

Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The "Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards" Poster establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in the private sector and in federal, state, and local governments. The FLSA requires employers to pay covered nonexempt employees a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour.

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

Required for: All IA Employers.

Large Posters: [English] [Spanish] [Chinese] [Russian] [Thai] [Hmong] [Vietnamese] [Korean] [Polish]

Small Posters: [English] [Spanish]

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 IA Employers.

[English] [Spanish]

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 IA Employers.

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

Notice to Workers with Disabilities/Special Minimum Wage

The "Employee Rights for Workers with Disabilities Paid at Subminimum Wages" is a required poster for employers with workers employed under special minimum wage certificates authorized by Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act, and/or the Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act. The poster explains the conditions under which special minimum wages may be paid.

The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees and the parents or guardians of workers with disabilities can readily see it.

Required for: All IA Employers.

[English] [Spanish]

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 IA Employers.

[English] [Spanish]

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 IA Employers.

[English]

Mandatory for Some Iowa Employers

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 IA Employers who participate in E-Verify.

[English/Spanish]

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 IA Employers who participate in E-Verify.

[English] [Spanish]

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.

[English]

Fair Housing Opportunity

Iowa’s “Fair Housing Opportunity” Poster states that Iowa ensures all people the lawful right to be considered:

  • For the house of their choice,
  • In the neighborhood of their choice,
  • In the price range they can afford;

And to receive fair, legal and equal treatment and services in the terms and conditions of buying, renting, or borrowing.

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

[English]

No Hate Crimes

The “No Hate Crimes in Iowa” Poster states that Iowa prohibits public offenses of assault, criminal mischief, trespass, arson or intimidation by threat of violence committed because of protected characteristics like race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical/mental disability, or because of the person’s association with people of these traits.

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

[English]