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Aggressive Marketing Companies are Calling Montana's Small businesses and Impersonating the Department of Labor and Industry.

May 15, 2012View for printing

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry is hearing from small businesses targeted by aggressive marketing companies who sell labor law posters claiming to be the state agency. "These aggressive marketing tactics are making it difficult and expensive for Montana business owners who are trying to follow the law," said Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly. "We want businesses to know that the Department does not and will not call demanding you purchase a Five in One poster. In fact, those posters are available at no cost."

The Five in One posters, which are available from the Department's Job Service Division, encompass Equal Employment Opportunity, Family and Medical Leave Act with Military Family Leave (employers with 50 or more employees), Federal Minimum Wage (Fair Labor Standards Act), and the Polygraph Protection Act. Federal regulations also require posting the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). All posters are available at the Job Service offices.

Posters also required by Montana State Law include: Proof of Unemployment Insurance coverage (provided by the Department of Labor and Industry, Unemployment Insurance Contributions Bureau) and Proof of Workers' Compensation coverage, provided by Workers' Compensation Insurance carrier. Employers are not required to post the State minimum wage.

Businesses that have returned the posters and are still getting invoices from the poster company can contact the Office of Consumer Protection at 1-800-481-6896 or the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-356-1007 or file a complaint online at http://www.bbb.org.

Businesses who would like to request a copy of the Federal Five in One poster can call (406)-444-4100 or their local Job Service Office. For more information log onto http://wsd.dli.mt.gov/service/officelist.asp
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