Massachusetts 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 posters specific to your organization.

Mandatory for All Massachusetts Employers

Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws

The “Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws” Poster provides information about Massachusetts’ Wage and Hour Laws and other things like nondiscrimination, child labor law, and domestic violence leave.

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

Required for: All MA Employers.

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Fair Employment Law

The “Fair Employment in Massachusetts” Poster addresses topics like discrimination, sexual harassment, disability, and parental leave.

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

Required for: All MA Employers.

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Sexual Harassment

Massachusetts’ “Sexual Harassment” Poster states that sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. It provides information about how to file a Complaint of Discrimination with the MA Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD).

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

Required for: All MA Employers.

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Information on Employees’ Unemployment Insurance Coverage

The “Information on Employees' Unemployment Insurance Coverage” Notice states that all Massachusetts employers are covered under Unemployment Insurance.

This notice must be displayed at each site operated by an employer, in a conspicuous place. It must include the name and mailing address of the employer, and the identification number assigned to the employer by the Department of Unemployment Assistance.

Required for: All MA Employers.

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Notice to Employees - Department of Industrial Accidents

The “Notice to Employees” from the Department of Industrial Accidents provides a space for the employer to write the name of their insurance carrier for when accidents at work occur. It also states what the employees' medical treatment benefit is, and a space to put the hospital used by the insurance carrier.

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

Required for: All MA Employers.

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Earned Sick Time

The “Earned Sick Time” Poster answers common questions about earned sick time.

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

Required for: All MA Employers.

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Paid Family and Medical Leave

The “Paid Family and Medical Leave” Poster describes the current benefits and benefits that will be available in the future under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.
The poster must be posted in a conspicuous area on the employer's premises where employees can readily see it.

Required for: All MA Employers.

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Federally Mandated

Employee Rights Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) 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 MA Employers.

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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 cannot replace the physical posters.

Required for: All MA 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 MA 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 MA 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 MA Employers.

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Mandatory for Some Massachusetts Employers

OSHA - Job Safety & Health Protection: It's the Law

The "Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law" Poster informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Employers in states operating OSHA-approved state plans should obtain and post the state’s equivalent poster.

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

Required for: All MA Private Employers.

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Massachusetts Workplace Safety and Health Protection for Public Employees

The “Massachusetts Workplace Safety and Health Protection for Public Employees” Poster states that employers are required to provide procedures, equipment, and training to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses.

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

Required for: MA Public Agencies.

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Notice of Temporary Workers' Rights

The “Notice of Temporary Workers’ Rights” states that staffing agencies must provide temporary workers with basic information about their job. There is also a list of things that staffing agencies and worksite employers cannot charge fees for.

Staffing agencies must post a notice of the temporary workers’ rights provided under the Temporary Workers’ Right to Know Law (TWRTKL), as well as the Department of Labor Standards’ (DLS) contact information in a visible location at each of its office locations, in a form provided by the DLS.

Required for: MA Staffing Agencies.

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Right to Know Workplace Notice

The “Right to Know Workplace Notice” informs employees of important information about working with toxic or hazardous materials, including instructions about using the Material Safety Data Sheet and labels.

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

Required for: MA Public Agencies.

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Parental Leave Act Poster

The “Parental Leave Act” Poster states that Massachusetts law requires employers with six or more employees to provide eight weeks of unpaid leave for the purpose of giving birth or for the placement of a child under the age of 18 (or under the age of 23 if the child is mentally or physically disabled) for adoption. Both women and men are eligible for parental leave.

For more details on the Parental Leave Act, read the guidelines

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

Required for: MA Employers with six or more employees.

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Smoke-free Workplace

The Massachusetts “Smoke-free Workplace Law” prohibits smoking in schools, restaurants and bars, taxis, private offices, and other places of work. 

All businesses in the state of Massachusetts should post the state-specific “No Smoking” Notice at the entrance and exit areas of the building along with other areas of the building where smoking is prohibited.

Go to the Massachusetts Department of Health to download free “No Smoking” signage.

Required for: All MA employers, except for retail tobacco stores, smoking bars, tobacco farmer/manufacture facility if the purpose is for testing.

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 MA 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 MA Employers who participate in E-Verify.

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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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