Signs of the Law: My office is a non-smoking area. It always has been, long before the state of Ohio made it illegal to smoke in public. I have "No Smoking" signs in my waiting room and a "No Smoking" rule in my employee hand book. But I'm still in violation of the new anti-smoking law. I didn't see this language on the ballot in November, but the new law has very specific rules about signs. I had no idea I was required to post special No Smoking signs with Big Brother's phone number on them until I received a mailing today offering to sell me some for $25 a piece. Shouldn't they have included that in the ballot language?
These mailings for state and federally required signage (no smoking, workers' comp, etc.) coming from 3rd party companies are deliberately formatted by the sellers to look as "official" as possible. They'll typically have large type warnings of multi-thousand dollar fines for not posting the signs intended to scare small businesses in to buying their versions of the signs.
A company tried this on my church and I thankfully was in a position to stop our secretary for falling for a truly slimy marketing shuck.
BTW, I'm glad to see you back online. I've really enjoyed your blog. Hope your son is better.