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What Are Your Rights at Work?

What Are Your Rights at Work privacy at workKnowing your workplace rights is an important part of working outside the home. These days, people often speak of their ‘rights,’ but when it comes to the jobs we do for our employers, we often don’t know what those rights are. For instance, what about privacy? Do you have a right to privacy when you’re at work? What about termination? If you’re working for a company that fires you, did you have a right to expect never to be fired unless you did something egregious on the job? Or can they fire you for any old reason? What harassment, particularly sexual harassment? This subject has been in the news a great deal in the past couple of decades, so most of us know that sexual harassment from a superior is covered under the law. But what about sexual harassment from a co-worker—is that still covered under today’s anti-harassment laws? Following are tips about your rights in the workplace from top employment lawyers that will give you an idea of where you stand, legally, at work.

Paternity Leave

What is Paternity Leave?

This is not your father’s workplace when it comes to time off for dads after the birth of a child.  Your dad probably had to use a personal day or vacation day for the birth of each child, and was expected back at work the next business day, passing out cigars, then his nose was right to the grindstone.

Maternity Leave

How Does Maternity Leave Work?

Maternity leave is one of those topics you leave on the back burner until it is time to deal with it; after all, if you’re not pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant soon, why worry about any benefits or returning to your former position after the birth of your baby, right?

Did you know the United States is one of only three countries left in the world that fails to guarantee paid maternity leave?  The others are Papua, New Guinea and Oman.

Definition of Spouse

What is The Definition of Spouse?

You might remember when your father referred to your mother as “the little woman” or “the wife” – that was commonplace in years past and I really doubt that Dad would be able to identify his main squeeze using either phrase nowadays without raising some hackles.

There are many definitions that identify someone’s significant other and recent laws have caused employer benefit policies to be revamped as a result.

Work on a Federal Holiday (1)

Can Employees Refuse to Work on a Federal Holiday?

The last bite of pumpkin pie has been enjoyed and the mouth has been duly dabbed with a napkin.  The cook looks around the kitchen table with a smug feeling of satisfaction, knowing that everyone has enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day feast.  She knows that soon the men will meander into the den to watch the football game while the women will don aprons and begin the massive clean-up process.

Well, that little scenario might have happened before “Gray Thursday” came along and ripped the Thanksgiving Day holidays and rituals to shreds.  Now, no one wants to linger long past the pumpkin pie as they scoot out the door saying “hate to eat and run but…”   Unfortunately, the eat-and-run crowd isn’t just the bargain hunters anymore – it is the poor retail workers as well.

Well, if shopping for bargains is your shtick, then fine.  Many shoppers were content to wait until the stores opened at the crack of dawn on the day after Thanksgiving.  But now the former “Black Friday bargains” are now available right smack dab in the Thanksgiving Day dinner hour.

How Does Maternity Leave Work

How Does Maternity Leave Work?

Maternity leave used to be something that was either frowned upon by the male sexes or it was just something you never heard of anyone doing,  its a shame that the younger generation didn’t get enough Mom time, but nowadays things have changed and for the better for once.  Maternity leave or family leave as it’s more commonly called these days (since it’s for moms and dads) is when a mother or father takes off from work for a certain period of time.  This can be time off for a biological child, foster child, adopted child, etc.

How to Report an Employment Law Violation

Report an Employment Law ViolationWhen most people hear the term “labor law violations” they think of those big companies like Google and Activision.  But, in all honesty, any place where there are employees and employers, labor law violations can and do happen.  In fact people file thousands of these charges every single year and they are for everything from larger corporations to medium sized businesses to family owned mom and pop stores.  These charges are called ULP or Unfair Labor Practices.  Not only can a ULP be filed against a business or a specific person, such as your boss, but they can also be filed against anyone in a Union that you might be a member of for things like violence, intimidation, coercion and more.  If you have ever been involved in an Unfair Labor Practice or you have dealt with any other unlawful situations, you might be wondering who you are supposed to contact for help.  Thankfully we have created a small list below for everything from ULP to Fraud, to Child Labor Laws and more.

Employment Law for Employees

Employee at work
Employee at work via Flickr: qnr

There are many different employment laws which have been developed over the years in order to provide safety in the workplace for employees. Employers should observe these laws and make available to their employees policies and procedures to follow in the event an employee feels one or more of them have been violated in some way. The workplace should be a safe place for employees and there can be serious repercussions for the employer if employment laws are not followed closely. Here are just a few of the main laws employees should be aware of.

Employment Law for Employers

Employment Discrimination
Employment Discrimination

There are many different facets to employment law, and this complexity is what draws many lawyers into this area of practice. It is an arena that is constantly changing and developing to protect both employees and employers. Each of these classes has their own set of rights as well as responsibilities that need to be protected as well as understood. The employer is in a unique position and must make every effort to provide a safe workplace for their employees. They see the world of employment law from a totally different perspective than that of the employee. As an employer or a business owner it is important to be aware of the different types of employment laws and how they affect the business practices and procedures.