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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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

Corporate Divorce Series: Acqui-Hires: A Corporate Blended Family?

Blended families may be more common than organic ones these days and perhaps the same can be said about employees in corporate America....more

D.C. Circuit Upholds NLRB Finding that Employment Agreement’s Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Provisions Violated the NLRA

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently denied Quicken Loans, Inc.’s petition for review of an NLRB decision finding that confidentiality and non-disparagement provisions in the company’s...more

Brexit: Free Movement of Persons

Since the UK referendum on EU membership in June 2016, discussions have intensified on the UK’s relationship with the EU, with free movement of persons and immigration being two topics at or near the top of the agenda....more

Massachusetts Passes Radical Equal Pay Law

On August 1, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed An Act to Establish Pay Equity, which as the name aptly suggests, seeks to ensure equal pay for comparable work for all Massachusetts workers and equal...more

NLRB Changes the Rules for Union Organizing Yet Again

On June 11, the National Labor Relations Board ("the Board") again changed the standard for determining bargaining units that combine temporary and permanent work-site employees at a single facility. In Miller & Anderson,...more

Certificados de incapacidad por maternidad: Nuevas normas operativas para su expedición

Recientemente, el Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (en adelante IMSS) publicó a través de su página de internet la Circular 10/10 por medio de la cual se dieron a conocer nuevas normas operativas para la expedición de...more

Pregnancy Protections Under NYC Law – Not Limited to Just “Pregnancy”

As most NYC employers have probably heard by now, in May of this year, New York City released guidance that defines violations of pregnancy protections under the NYC Human Rights Law, and provides clear(er) examples of when...more

Mexico: New Maternity Leave Regulations

The Mexican Social Security Institute (“Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social,” hereinafter “IMSS”) recently published Circular 10/16 to announce new regulations for the issuance of maternity leave certificates.  These...more

California Legislative Update: Heading Into The 2016 Session's Final Month

The California Legislature will return from its July recess on August 1, and will devote that month to final consideration of legislation for 2016. The session has entered a somewhat anticlimactic stage for employment...more

Adventures in Buttonland: NLRB Rejects Employer Attempts to Ban Buttons at Work

Two recent cases, one from the National Labor Relations Board, and one from a federal court of appeals enforcing an NLRB decision, highlight the risk an employer runs when it seeks to prohibit its employees from wearing...more

GAO report shows continuing CFPB employee concerns related to fair treatment

A report last month issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that a survey of nonexecutive CFPB employees revealed “heightened concerns related to fair treatment, trust that employees can raise concerns...more

Mexico’s Collective Bargaining Freedom Protocol: An Introduction for Employers Doing Business in Mexico

In accordance with the International Labour Standards on Freedom of Association (enshrined in the International Labour Organization (ILO) Constitution, the ILO Declaration of Philadelphia, and the ILO Declaration on...more

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