Idaho AG: Labor-law poster buyers entitled to refund

By Chris Rizo | Apr 18, 2008

Lawrence Wasden

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline)-Idaho business owners who bought labor-law posters from Compliance Documents LLC, are entitled to a refund, under a settlement agreement reached between Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden and the company.

The attorney general's office said Compliance Documents of Norwalk, Conn., mailed solicitations telling Idaho businesses they are required to display posters describing an employee's rights under federal and state labor laws.

The company warned that not having the signs could result in a fine of up to $17,000, according to the attorney general's office.

The solicitation envelope included, in large, bold type, the phrase "Updated Labor Department Regulations - Immediate Compliance Requirement Information Enclosed."

"While there are laws requiring the placement of labor posters in businesses, Idaho businesses can easily meet those requirements by obtaining free posters from the Idaho Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Labor," Wasden said in a statement.

"It is not necessary to pay nearly $70 for posters that businesses can obtain free of charge," he added.

As part of the settlement agreement, Compliance Documents is prohibited from sending advertisements that imply that a consumer is not in compliance with federal and state laws or that a consumer is required to purchase the company's posters.

Compliance Documents, which has not admitted to any wrongdoing, must also disclose in its advertisements that it is not associated with any government entity and that consumers may obtain labor posters free from state and federal agencies.

The company must pay the state $1,000 to cover costs associated with the settlement, the attorney general's office said.

From Legal Newsline: Reach reporter Chris Rizo by e-mail at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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