PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Two state agencies are warning South Dakota businesses to watch for poster scams from companies selling various federal agency postings. The companies reportedly use scare tactics about potential fines and penalties. The solicitations have an official-looking seal and create the impression that the advertisement is actually an official communication from a government entity. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says the companies are unscrupulous and use notices to mislead businesses into thinking the government is contacting them and threatens a fine if they don’t buy the posters. He says labor law posters that businesses must display can be obtained from the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation at no cost. The Department of Labor and Regulation has labor law compliance posters available at no charge at any DLR local office. Various federal agencies like the U.S. Labor Department, OSHA and EEOC have posting requirements and there are also two state posting requirements. Businesses that believe they might have been victims of the poster scams should contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 1-800-300-1986.
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