Last week I reported on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) listening
session on their proposed strategic plan. During the listening session the importance of being
clear with the public about the process for filing a claim with the EEOC was discussed.
The EEOC recently sent a notice that they have published a new “Know Your Rights” poster.
This poster will replace the old “EEO is the Law Poster” and has a QR code which links directly
to instructions on how to file a charge.
The poster is effective October 20, 2022, and it supersedes prior posters. It is available in
formats for printing or for screen readers and is available in English and Spanish. (Additional
languages will be available at a later date.) Covered employers may access the EEOC site to
access the electronic version and/or print out a hard copy.
Most employers are generally considered covered employees by EEOC laws if they have at least
fifteen employees. But this number can vary on the type of employer and the type of alleged
discrimination. While some private employers are covered, state or local agencies, federal
agencies, employment agencies and unions are also covered. Also, some private employers may
not be covered under the EEOC laws but may be covered under local laws. In the state of New
Mexico, for example, employers with four or more employees are covered under the New
Mexico Human Rights Act and additional provisions may be applicable if there are additional
If you are unsure of what laws apply to you as a small employer or you need assistance in
establishing or updating an employment handbook or you need training related to respectful
workplaces, contact us today at Southwestern HR Consulting (SWHRC).
Written by | Magdalena Vigil-Tullar
HR Consultant | MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CLRP