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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California Supreme Court Holds That California Law Requires Unencumbered Rest Breaks

California law requires most employers to authorize paid rest breaks for non-exempt employees of at least 10 minutes for each four hours worked or a major fraction thereof, and to provide this rest break approximately mid-way...more

Former Pa AG Investigator’s FMLA Claim Dismissed: No FMLA Protection After Leave Ends Despite Extension of Leave

The saga of former Attorney General Kathleen Kane continued in the courts on January 4, 2017 when Judge Sylvia Rambo (Middle District of Pennsylvania) dismissed an FMLA claim brought against her by a former investigator. In...more

Separate vs. Combined Leave Policies - The Pros and Cons

With more and more jurisdictions on local and state levels enacting paid sick leave laws, and likely more to come, a frequent question from affected employers is whether it is preferable to have separate vacation/personal...more

They’re Back! What Should Employers Expect from the 2017 Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On January 4, the 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly begins. The session is scheduled to adjourn on June 7, 2017. Numerous proposed bills affecting Connecticut employers and employees will be unleashed during...more

CA Employees Required to Carry Radios or Pagers on Rest Breaks Are Owed a Penalty

The worst aspect of California employment law is the way it combines unclear requirements with exorbitant penalties for noncompliance. So employers can’t necessarily tell what the law requires and, if they get it wrong, face...more

D.C. Council Passes Substantial New Paid Leave Legislation

The Washington, D.C., City Council passed landmark legislation this week that would provide all private sector D.C. employees with eight weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, two weeks of paid personal...more

Paid Sick & Family Leave Passes D.C. City Council

For over a year, the D.C. City Council has considered a bill that would have provided employees in the nation’s capital paid family and sick leave. Now, after extended debate and comment from the public and business...more

What Can We Expect From California's Upcoming 2017-2018 Legislative Session?

With the dust still settling from last month's unprecedented presidential election, California’s politicians have not stood still. In partisan terms, the election results in California could not be more different from that...more

The Peculiar “Personnel-ity” of California Personnel File Inspection Laws

Seyfarth Synopsis: Within the last few years, the California Legislature has amended laws related to an employee’s right to inspect personnel records, intending to ensure employees have access to those records. Since then,...more

Seattle Becomes Second City to Pass “Secure Scheduling” Ordinance

Seattle, known for its employee-friendly ordinances, has passed a law regulating how large retailers, full-service restaurants, fast food restaurants, and coffee shops schedule and pay their hourly, non-exempt workers. ...more

ABCC Law Changes Explained

Originally published in Australian Financial Review on November 23rd, 2016. In the next two weeks the Turnbull government will attempt to negotiate the passage of its industrial relations bills through the Parliament....more

Labor and Employment Group News: Stop Talking to Yourself: Your Employee's Obligation to Engage in the “Interactive Process” When...

Legal counsel for companies have long emphasized the importance of engaging in the “interactive process” in dealing with an employee’s request for an accommodation for a disability. We also advise that the accommodation must...more

From the Archives: The Basics of Bereavement Leaves in Connecticut

As I noted last week, I’m taking a few days off from the blog. In the meantime, I’m going to be re-running a few posts from my “Basics” series way back in 2008-9 that you might have missed. I hope you find them helpful....more

Employment Law - November 2016

California Employers Have Special Obligations on Election Day - Next Tuesday our nation goes to the polls in what pundits expect will be record numbers. California employers have special obligations on Election Day to...more

Conducting an Internal Investigation in the PRC? Protect Your Company From the Outset

Requests by a company’s counsel to interview company employees as part of internal investigations into potential misconduct are commonplace. But when a U.S. company and its counsel seek to interview citizens working for the...more

Loi Travail : le principe de neutralité en enterprise

Since August 10, 2016, the rules may provide for restriction of the protest by employees of convictions under the principle of neutrality. The Labour Law provides that henceforth the rules may contain provisions...more

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

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