Bryan Cohen Feb. 27, 2013, 10:00pm

PIERRE, S.D. (Legal Newsline) -- South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation issued a warning Tuesday to businesses to beware of companies selling federal agency labor law posters.

Companies are using scare tactics about potential fines and penalties to sell the postings.

Solicitations for the posters use an official-looking seal to make it appear as though the advertisement is an official communication from a government agency when that is not the case.

"These unscrupulous companies use notices to mislead businesses into thinking the government is contacting them and threatening to fine if they don't purchase these posters," Jackley said.

"Labor law posters that businesses are required to display can be obtained from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation at no cost."

The Family Medical Leave Act updated its posting this month.

The current poster provided by the Department of Labor and Regulations is in compliance through March 7. The poster includes the six federal posting requirements. After March 7, businesses can get the FMLA posting from their local Department of Labor and Regulation office or download it online.

Two state posting requirements are also available for download at the state government website. The Division of Unemployment Insurance requires a posting and state workers' compensation law requires a posting to encourage workplace safety.

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