Employment Law InformationMore
Employment Law Information
When an individual applies for a position with a company, he or she has rights which the potential employer must acknowledge. Because many companies go through a process before hiring employees (such as background checks and interviews), it’s important that individuals know their rights concerning these processes. Below, you will find an overview of legal rights during the hiring process. Background Checks
Background checks are typically performed by companies and employers in an attempt to ensure the safety of current employees, customers and staff of companies. By thoroughly looking into a person’s past criminal or civil records, the company can effectively protect individuals, company assets, the company’s reputation and more. The Different Areas of a Background Check
Employee Restroom and Break Laws in Minnesota
The laws in Minnesota state that an employee is entitled to “sufficient” time to eat a meal. However, the term “sufficient” is not defined, creating much debate...
Compensation and BenefitsMore
Compensation and Benefits
Workers’ compensation, otherwise known as worker’s comp, is a program providing employees who are injured or sickened while on the job an income during their recovery...
Basic Benefits that Employees Are Entitled to Receive
Without employees, companies could hardly function let alone meet requirements. Hence, companies compensate their efforts by giving benefits...
Employment Hours and Wage Laws: FLSA Protection
All employers must pay covered employees no less than the current federal minimum wage, which is $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Regardless of how employers may set up their pay schedule, such as hourly, fixed rate, salary, commission...
Illegal Discrimination in the Workplace
Since the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employment laws in the United States have sought to protect virtually every individual from discrimination in the hiring...
Employee Rights in Common Workplace Issues
Employees are the driving force behind every organization, thus it is very important that employers actually take care of the “human capital” behind every business...
Workplace Discrimination: Enforcement and Compliance of the Civil Rights Act
At the federal level, the EEOC handles discrimination complaints via their local, state, and district offices. Additionally, each state operates some form of employment anti-discrimination entity, which is in place to receive, investigate, and enforce discrimination...
Federal Laws on Sexual Harassment
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 officially made sexual harassment illegal in the workplace, and over the years, the EEOC has built up a large body of regulations and guidelines to protect employees from sexual harassment at work...
While many employers and employees believe sexual harassment consists of a direct proposition, such as, “If you want to keep your job, you will have sex with me.” This is very far from the truth. Actually, sexual harassment consists of any sexual innuendo, joke, threat or other behavior that annoys, upsets or creates fear in anyone else present in the workplace. This is a very wide range of behaviors and many different actions can fall under the category of sexual harassment.
Your Legal Rights Leaving or Being Terminated from a Job
Losing or leaving a job is something millions of Americans have already faced this year, but if you are reading this article, that is a small consolation. However, perhaps this article...
Employer Fraud, Defamation, or Whistle Blowing Violations
A large body of federal and state laws protects workers hired and terminated under fraudulent premises. To prove an employer engaged in fraud, an employee must...
How does ‘employment at will’ affect wrongful termination cases? A. Employment at will can make it very difficult to pursue a wrongful termination case. Employers can easily cover their true reasons for firing an individual with false reasons that would keep them out of trouble. This is why it’s so important to speak with a lawyer... How soon after I’ve been fired should I hire an attorney? A. As soon as possible. Since most states have fairly short statutes of limitation when it comes to wrongful termination, waiting could keep you from getting the compensation you deserve... If my employer fired me because I reported something that they did which was illegal, do I have a case for wrongful termination? A. In most cases, yes. It is illegal for your employer to fire you for reporting an illegal activity. This is called whistle blowing and if your employer fires you for this, it is called retaliation...