Dental practices must print and display in the workplace two revised posters issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. One poster pertains to lactation accommodation and the second to the Employee Polygraph Protection Act.
Neither updated poster is included in the complimentary Required Poster Set CDA mailed in April to confirmed practice owners as a benefit of membership. Therefore, dentists will need to download, print and affix the updated poster over the poster currently displayed in their office.
The posters must be displayed in a highly visible place to employees.
Signed into law last December and taking effect this year, the federal PUMP Act provides additional rights to parents who must express breast milk in the workplace and impacts employers who are not covered by California’s more expansive protections.
Employers must print the updated (April 2023) federal “Fair Labor Standards Act Minimum Wage” poster, also available in Spanish, and affix it over the version currently displayed in their office. The updated poster contains information about the new law in a section titled "Nursing Mothers." Previous versions, including the August 2016 version included in CDA’s Required Poster Set, no longer satisfy the posting requirement.
California employers must also provide lactation accommodation notices to employees beyond the federal posting requirement as described in the CDA article linked above.
The federal Employee Polygraph Protection Act prohibits most private employers, including dental practices, from using lie detector tests either for preemployment screening or during employment. Employers must display in a conspicuous place for employees and applicants the DOL’s poster explaining the act.
At the time of this writing, the DOL’s webpage with the downloadable poster still indicates the poster was last revised in 2016, but a revised version (2/2022) has since been made available, and the July 2016 version no longer satisfies the posting requirement. Practice owners should download the updated version, available in English and Spanish, and affix it over the version currently posted in the office.
A third updated poster that cites employees’ rights under the Family Medical Leave Act is available to print and display. However, as communicated in a recent edition of CDA’s member newsletter, Inside California Dentistry, the February 2013 and April 2016 poster versions continue to satisfy the posting requirement. If a dental office is displaying one of those prior poster versions, it need not take any action.