No matter if you are 14 years old and just starting high school or 18 years old and preparing to graduate, in any job your employer must meet workplace posting obligations.

According to the Department of Industrial Relations, you should be able to find information related to wages, hours and working conditions posted in an area where it may be easily read during the workday, such as an employee break room. In special circumstances, such as at a construction site where there is only an on-site trailer or an agricultural site where the workplace is outdoors, the information may be available in a binder. Your employer should tell you where this binder is located and available to read.

ALERT: CA Minimum Wage increase for JANUARY 1, 2020


Workplace postings required by your employer, per the Department of Industrial Relations, include:

  • Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) wage orders
    • Regulate wages, hours and working conditions
  • Minimum wage (state: California)
  • Payday notice
    • Specifies the regular paydays and the time and place of payment
  • Safety and health protection on the job
    • Contains pertinent information regarding safety rules and regulations
  • Emergency phone numbers
  • Access to medical and exposure records (if applicable to your employer)
    • Provides information about the rights of employees working with hazardous or toxic substances
  • Notice to employees – injuries caused by work
    • Advises of workers’ compensation benefits
  • Log and summary of occupational injuries and illnesses (if applicable to your employer)
  • Operating Rules for Industrial Trucks (if applicable to your employer)
  • Whistleblower protections
    • Displayed in lettering larger than size 14 type, includes 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.
  • No smoking signage
    • Designates where smoking is prohibited and/or permitted
  • Notice of Inspection by Immigration Agencies
  • Notice of workers’ compensation carrier and coverage
  • Paid sick leave
  • Required Workplace Posting for All California Barbering and Cosmetology Licensees (if applicable to your employer)
  • Farm labor contractor statement of pay rates (if applicable to your employer)
  • Prevailing wage rate determinations (if applicable to your employer)

Additional posting required by the state of California include:

  • California law prohibits workplace discrimination and harassment
  • Transgender Rights in the Workplace (mandatory as of January 1, 2018)
  • Equal employment opportunity
    • Includes an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) poster
  • Minimum wage (federal Fair Labor Standards Act)
  • Notice: Employee Polygraph Protection Act
  • Notice: Time off to vote
    • Posted no less than 10 days before every statewide election in a place where it can be easily seen as employees come or go to work
  • Notice: Insurance benefits (unemployment, disability and paid family leave)
  • Human Trafficking (if applicable to your employer)
  • Pregnancy disability leave (as applicable to your employer)
  • Family care and medical leave (CFRA leave) and pregnancy disability leave (as applicable to your employer)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (Federal FMLA – as applicable to your employer)

These workplace postings are meant to protect you, especially as a student worker. File a report if you believe your employer is not following Department of Industrial Relations or state of California workplace posting standards.

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