Be on Guard Against Solicitations Offering Government Assistance and Labor Law Posters

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The Minnesota Attorney General’s Office urges organizations and businesses to be on guard against telephone and mail solicitations offering to provide assistance in connection with government programs or regulations in exchange for payment.

Solicitations for Government-Required Labor Law Posters

Some organizations have complained that unscrupulous organizations have attempted to sell them government posters, which are required by State and federal law, even though such materials can be obtained for free from the appropriate government agency. Such solicitations may include official-looking seals or urgent “warnings” indicating that a law requires organizations to buy posters to comply with State or federal regulations. Businesses and other organizations need not pay private companies to receive such materials. Organizations may download required State labor law posters or order them online from the website of the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, Labor Standards Division at the following URL: link icon

They can also order the posters by phone or email as follows:

Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry
Poster Requests
443 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155-4307
(651) 284-5005 or (800) 342-5354

Organizations may obtain required federal labor law posters by contacting the  United  States  Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as follows:

U.S. Department of Labor
Wage and Hour Division

Tri-Tech Center, Suite 920
331 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(866) 487-9243
Posters available at: link icon

National Labor Relations Board
Region 18
212 Third Avenue South, Suite 220
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 348-1757
Posters available at:
www.nlrb.govexternal link icon

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Minneapolis Area Office
Towle Building
330 Second Avenue South, Suite 720
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(800) 669-4000
Posters available at:
external link

Government Grant Assistance Solicitations

Businesses, organizations, and individuals have also been targeted by scams offering to assist them in obtaining large amounts of government money in exchange for monetary payments. Businesses that send money to these programs only receive “informational booklets” containing minimal assistance, if they receive anything at all.

Although there are a variety of sources within the government and private sector that offer grants to eligible applicants, organizations do not need to enlist the services of a separate company to learn about such funding sources. The application procedures for a wide variety of public and private grants can be obtained free of charge. Organizations should never give their bank account information to unknown telemarketers.

Since many of its departments offer grants, the federal government has created as a resource for parties seeking information about grants. is managed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and may be contacted as follows:
200 Independence Avenue SW, HHH Building
Washington, D.C. 20201
(800) 518-4726
www.grants.govexternal link icon

For more information, contact the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office as follows:

Office of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 1400
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-3353 (Twin Cities Calling Area)
(800) 657-3787 (Outside the Twin Cities)
(800) 627-3529 (Minnesota Relay)

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