Employee Rights

Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination... more +
Most countries provide some degree of workplace protection for employees and job applicants. Depending on the jurisdiction, these protections generally include safety precautions and policies, anti-discrimination policies, collective bargaining and unionizing rights, meal and rest requirements, minimum wage rules, and medical and family leave rights to name a few. In the United States, the federal framework for employee rights stem from statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In addition, employee rights statutes are implemented and enforced by regulatory authorities such as the EEOC, NLRB, OSHA, and the Department of Labor. Further, many state and local governments provide additional and localized protections for employees that are enforced by local regulatory entities. less -
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Election Day is Coming – What are Your Obligations as an Employer?

With Election Day drawing near, and large voter turnout expected, employers should ensure they are aware of state law requirements related to providing employees with time off. While not all states impose requirements on...more

OSHA’s New Reporting Rules to Make Employers Famous

By existing OSHA regulations, most employers (those with more than 10 employees) are required to complete and maintain records pertaining to serious work-related injuries and illnesses, using the OSHA 300 Log, OSHA 301...more

4 More Things to Know About Transgender Rights in the Workplace

“Bathroom Bills” Apply to All Public Facilities, Including Showers and Locker Rooms. Despite being commonly referred to as “bathroom bills,” the laws and policy statements regarding transgender individual’s bathroom...more

Former head of Blair’s policy unit appointed to review workers’ rights

Theresa May has appointed Matthew Cooke, the former head of Tony Blair’s Number 10 policy unit, to conduct a review of workers’ rights and practices. The review comes in light of concerns over the “gig economy”, zero-hours...more

Election Day is Coming Soon - Do You Know Your Employees' Voting Leave Rights? - October 2016

Realizing we ALL could use some "time off" FROM this year's presidential election, we want to provide you with a quick (party-neutral!) refresher on your employees' voting leave rights in light of the upcoming national...more

An Example of the Interplay Between State and Federal FMLA

Any Connecticut employer with more than 50 employees is subject to both the state and federal Family and Medical Leave Acts. The key provisions of the two laws are nearly identical, with one significant exception: the...more

Election Time and the Minnesota Voter Leave Law

Minnesota is one of several states that require all employers, both public sector and private sector, to grant time off with pay to employees to vote in the upcoming general election to be held on Tuesday, November 8,...more

Decision 2016: A Refresher on Politics in Your Workplace

Over the next few weeks, millions of Americans will cast their votes, concluding what has been a particularly contentious election cycle. Until then, as Election Day approaches and employees’ political passions continue to...more

Election Day: What Employers Should Know About Employee Voting Rights Laws

As Tuesday, November 8, 2016, approaches, employers should ensure compliance with voting rights laws in the states where they operate. There is no federal law that requires employers to give workers time off to vote, but...more

Refereeing FMLA Leave: When Making The Call To An Employee On FMLA Leave Is Out Of Bounds

Can I call an employee to answer a work-related question while he is out on FMLA leave recovering from surgery? If he wants to join a conference call, can I let him, or am I exposing the company to a claim that we...more

NLRB Permits Off-Duty Employees to Picket on Employer Property

An employer’s ability to prohibit picketing on its property was dealt a serious blow when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled in Capital Medical Center that an acute care hospital violated Section 8(a)(1)...more

Time to Change receives £20 million boost for mental health anti-discrimination campaign

The Time to Change campaign has received a £20 million boost in additional funding from the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. Time to Change is an initiative run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental...more

Seattle City Council Passes Secure Scheduling Law

In keeping with its goal of pioneering workers’ rights, Seattle’s City Council passed its controversial Secure Scheduling Ordinance on September 19, 2016, which will require certain retail and food establishments to provide...more

NLRB Decides Charter Schools Are Private Corporations Despite Public Influence

In two separate cases decided on August 24, 2016, a divided National Labor Relations Board concluded that charter schools in Pennsylvania and New York are not political subdivisions within the meaning of Section 2(2) of the...more

Illinois Child Bereavement Law Given Immediate Effect

On July 29, 2016, Illinois enacted the Child Bereavement Leave Act (Act), which took immediate effect. The Act expands leave protections for Illinois employees by providing up to 10 work days of unpaid bereavement leave upon...more

Saint Paul Becomes the Second City in Minnesota to Mandate Paid Sick and Safe Time

On September 7, 2016, Saint Paul became the second city in Minnesota to mandate that employers provide earned sick and safe time for their workers. Under Saint Paul’s ordinance (the “Saint Paul Ordinance”), covered employers...more

Philadelphia Wage Theft Ordinance

Employers with employees who work in Philadelphia must now comply with yet another local employment law. Earlier this year, as you might recall, Philadelphia enacted an ordinance restricting employers’ use of credit...more

Adverse Action Provisions Apply to NSW Government Entities!*

* Well, not really…but we got your attention! And the heading is not as misleading as you might think… Of course, the general protections provisions in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (FW Act), and in particular, the...more

Keeping up with the Germans?

The Women and Equalities Committee has demanded that the government publish a detailed plan to tackle the issue of pregnant women and mothers being forced out of work by employers’ outdated attitudes....more

Illinois Increases Protected Leaves for Employees

Just two months after Chicago became the second city in the Midwest to require employers to provide paid sick leave, Illinois has enacted three laws that entitle employees to additional protected leaves.  The Child...more

New Illinois Law Requires Unpaid Child Bereavement Leave

Seyfarth Synopsis: Illinois enacts child bereavement leave, requiring employers provide paid leave should an employee experience the loss of a child. On July 29, 2016, Illinois became one of only two states (the other...more

EEOC Looking For Religious Discrimination Claims From Young Workers

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a one-page fact sheet, which it says will help young workers understand their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and specifically...more

California Supreme Court Says Retiring Employees Must Be Paid Promptly

Seyfarth Synopsis: Under Labor Code section 202, California employers must pay all wages to an employee who “quits” within 72 hours, unless the employee has given 72 hours’ notice of the intent to quit, in which case the...more

How about the 'Service'? Does Casual Employment Count?

A recent decision of the Full Bench in AMWU v Donau Pty Ltd [2016] FWCFB 3075 (Donau) has held that a permanent employee's initial regular and systematic casual employment will now be included in their service period for...more

The widening net of accessorial liability in Australia

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) (the Act) is a principal piece of employment legislation in Australia. Among other things, it sets out minimum terms and conditions of employment (the "National Employment Standards"), prescribes...more

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