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December 13, 2013
Businesses: Don’t buy $295 state Labor & Industry posters that are free

OLYMPIA – Many businesses have contacted the state Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Labor & Industries about a misleading letter sent from a company called ‘Labor Standards Compliance Office’ listed at a Tacoma, Wash. address.

This official-looking letter implies the business must buy required workplace posters for $295, or face fines and audits. State and federal governments do require certain posters to be placed at job sites. However, while private vendors may sell the posters, the Dept. of Labor & Industries provides the posters for free.

The mass mailing has confused business owners who assume the letter is from the Dept. of Labor & Industries. The department did not send the letters.

The misleading letter looks like a bill, addressed to individual businesses. It uses alarming words like ‘FINAL NOTICE,’ and ‘DUE NOW,’ and includes a payment stub for $295.

Free posters are available from any Dept. of Labor & Industries office by calling 1.866.219.7321 or can be downloaded at

If you were tricked into paying for posters by Labor Standards Compliance Office, file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1.800.551.4636 or visiting

In November, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne issued a similar warning about letters from Labor Standards Compliance Office.

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