On October 20, 2022, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) released a new “Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal” poster, replacing their “EEO is the Law” poster. The new poster includes several changes, including straightforward language and formatting, emphasizing harassment as a form of discrimination, clarifying the definition of sex discrimination, and providing equal pay information for employees of federal contractors. The poster also includes a QR code for employees to access information on how to file a charge of discrimination.
Employers are also encouraged to digitally display the posters in a conspicuous location on their website. For employers who do not have a physical business location, or whose employees work remotely and do not visit the office, electronic posting may act as a substitute for physical posting. For all other employers, however, electronic posting must only be a complement to physical posting.
Covered employers are required to display the posters in a conspicuous place, where other notices to job applicants and employees are typically posted. Employers are subject to general coverage when they have 15 or more employees who have worked for at least twenty calendar weeks over the past two years. While there is currently not a strict deadline to swap out the posters, the EEOC urges employers to do so as soon as possible, and covered employers may be subject to fines for noncompliance.
The North Carolina Division of Labor also requires employers to display Wage and Hour and Occupational Safety and Health posters. For a list of all required state and federal posters, you can visit labor.nc.gov.
*Important Notice – The EEOC published an incorrect version of the poster on October 19, 2022. For the correct and most recent version, please see the link above.
If you have questions or concerns about your coverage under EEO law or about poster requirements, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of Gardner Skelton’s employment team.