A company that allegedly deceived Washington businesses into purchasing labor law and safety posters is prohibited from mailing future advertisements that appear to originate from government-affiliated agencies, the Attorney General’s Office announced today. Mandatory Poster Agency, Inc., of Lansing, Mich., sent notices under the names Washington Labor Law Poster Company, Washington Food Service Compliance Center and Washington Healthcare Compliance Center.
The mailers arrived in envelopes labeled “2nd NOTICE” and included official-looking emblems and a postal drop box address in Olympia. The letters made it appear that businesses needed to immediately purchase and post certain government posters in order to comply with the law. The company was not registered to do business in Washington.
The Attorney General’s Office alleged that the company’s business practices violated the state Consumer Protection Act. The Mandatory Poster Agency agreed to enter into an Assurance of Discontinuance and will reimburse Washington customers who purchased hand-washing posters within the last year.
Government-required posters are available for free from government agencies. Here are some downloads:
Department of Health hand-washing sign
List of other posters (connects to Labor and Industries)