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July 03, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Despite claims otherwise from companies seeking to fleece Arkansas business owners, some things in life are free.
In this instance, it’s the required postings of federal and state labor laws that can be obtained free of charge.
A number of business owners have filed complaints with the Attorney General’s Office recently about receiving unsolicited invoices for the cost of materials required to be posted at businesses, such as those that explain minimum wage and overtime laws. All of those required postings are free and easily available from a number of government agencies.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert today to inform business owners about the scam invoicing.
“These types of schemes attempt to take advantage of a business owner’s good intentions,” McDaniel said. “All legitimate businesses want to comply with state and federal law, but they can do so without having to pay for materials and without the hassle of dealing with a third party.”
According to the complaints received by McDaniel’s office,  businesses in Arkansas have been receiving faxed invoices in which an entity charges hundreds of dollars for the labor-law compliance materials. The invoice indicates that an employee of the business had verbally agreed to be billed the amount, yet business owners maintain that no one from the billing entity had contacted their business and no one had ordered the materials.
The Arkansas Department of Labor has also received multiple reports from businesses that have either been scammed or have been approached by companies seeking to charge the businesses for items that could be obtained for free.
McDaniel urged businesses not to pay for the improper invoices they receive, and to call the Attorney General’s Office if they are affected by the scam.
The state Department of Labor lists on its website the postings required for Arkansas businesses.  The list includes the notice to be posted, employers who are required to post the notice and information about how to obtain the notice.
The department’s list of “required postings” can be accessed from its Internet home page,
McDaniel reminded business owners to never pay bills for goods or services not authorized or ordered and to consider assigning purchases to designated staff members. All employees should know the office’s policy on purchasing supplies, receiving goods and invoicing, he added.
He also advised business owners to check with the Attorney General’s Office or the Better Business Bureau before purchasing anything from an unfamiliar business that solicits sales over the phone or through the mail.
For more information about scam invoices or other consumer-related issues, contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 482-8982, or visit the division’s website,