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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Tennessee General Assembly Settles Debate Over Guns-in-Parking-Lots Law

We’ve previously written about the well-publicized guns-in-parking-lots law and the confusion over whether the law impacts the employer-employee relationship. The law was passed in 2013 to allow employees with handgun carry...more

Tennessee Legislature Approves New Employment Protections for Handgun Owners

On March 23, 2015, members in both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to pass new employment protections for handgun owners. The bill creates a private right of action for any employee who is...more

Can I be fired for collecting workers’ compensation?

Illinois workers have the right to collect workers’ compensation when they sustain an injury out of and in the course of employment. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases Act gives them this right. When...more

What Employers Should Know about the FMLA and Same-Sex Marriages under New Department of Labor Rules

After the 2013 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, federal agencies have been moving to align federal policies and procedures with the holding of that case. ...more

Statutory Paternity Leave Introduced in Hong Kong

The Employment (Amendment) Ordinance was passed on 24 December 2014 and came into force on 27 February 2015. It amends the Employment Ordinance (Cap 57) and entitles working fathers and fathers-to-be up to three days of paid...more

Are More Protections for Minnesota Working Parents on the Way?

We recently alerted you to proposed legislation that, if passed, would expand last year’s Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) by requiring paid “sick and safe” time off benefits for almost all Minnesota employees...more

FMLA Leave Extended to Legally Married Same-Sex Spouses

Effective March 27, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations interpreting the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) expands coverage to legally married same-sex spouses, even if the employee lives in a state that does...more

Sharing-economy Business Models Challenged – Uber and Lyft

O’Connor et al v Uber Technologies Inc, US District Court, Northern District of California, 11 March 2015 C-13-3826 EMC, Judge Edward M. Chen...Cotter et al v Lyft, Inc., US District Court, Northern District of California, 11...more

Employees May Be Entitled to Use Company Email for Statutorily Protected, Non-Business Reasons on Nonworking Time

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently held that employees who have access to company email systems are presumptively allowed to use those email systems on nonworking time to engage in statutorily protected...more

New FMLA Regulations Will Affect Texas Employers

Texas does not recognize same sex marriage, so the natural thought would be to deny a request for an employee to take FMLA leave to care for his or her same sex “spouse” from a marriage in another state. ...more

New FMLA Regulations Expand the Definition of Spouse to Include Same-Sex Marriages

Rules governing family medical leave for gay couples will soon reflect the rapid changes sweeping the nation. Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, 133 S.Ct. 2675 (2013) courts across the nation...more

DOL Rulemaking Puts Employees in Same-sex Marriages on Equal FMLA Footing

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s)Wage and Hour Division issued a Final Rule on February 25, 2015, revising the federal regulations defining “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to include all legally married...more

N.J. Business Groups Vow To Fight Paid Sick Leave Law in Trenton

A group of six business organizations—including the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce—has filed a lawsuit against the City of Trenton, New Jersey, demanding the delay of a...more

Revised Definition of "Spouse" Under FMLA Incorporates Same-Sex Marriages

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule that amends its FMLA regulations and provides employees in same-sex marriages the right to take leave to care for a spouse with a serious medical condition. The new rule,...more

You Should Know - March 2015

In This Issue: - Too Pretty, Too Bad - Employee Rights - Employment Quiz - Excerpt from Employee Rights: Know Your Employment Rights: Discrimination, Harassment and the At-Will Employee Should a...more

Philadelphia’s New Paid Sick Leave Law: Promoting Healthy Families Workplace Ordinance

Starting on May 13, 2015, companies operating in Philadelphia will be required to provide sick time to employees pursuant to the Promoting Families Workplace Ordinance, which was passed into law on Feb. 12, 2015....more

Video Interview: Discussing the Ramifications of Extending FMLA Rights to Same-Sex Couples

On Tuesday night, the Alabama Supreme Court ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Last month, a U.S. federal judge in Alabama ordered an Alabama official to issue marriage...more

Sick Leave Trend Continues in New Jersey, Constitutional Challenge Begins

This week Bloomfield became the ninth locality in the State of New Jersey to require employers to provide sick leave to their employees, joining Jersey City, Newark, Passaic, East Orange, Paterson, Irvington, Trenton, and...more

DOL Amends Rules to Extend FMLA Benefits to More Same-Sex Spouses

Last week, the Department of Labor issued new regulations changing the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Eligible employees may take FMLA leave to care for a spouse with a serious health...more

NLRB Revised Election Rules Set to Take Effect in April

The revisions to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) union election rules that will make it much easier for unions to organize employees are set to take effect on April 14, 2015. These revisions include, but are not...more

Best Practices in Social Media for Employers Part 2 – Monitoring Employees’ Social Media Use

In addition to the risks associated with employers’ use of social media as related to the recruiting and the hiring process, employers should also be aware of potential pitfalls associated with restricting or monitoring...more

Department of Labor Announces Expansion of FMLA Rights to Same-Sex Couples

The United States Department of Labor issued a groundbreaking rule change last week, granting couples in legal, same-sex marriages the same rights as those in opposite-sex marriages under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)....more

The DOL Adopts New FMLA Protections for Same-Sex Couples

On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) finalized a rule expanding the scope of protections afforded under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to married same-sex couples....more

Same-Sex Marriage Partners Now Covered by FMLA

On February 25, 2015, the United States Department of Labor issued new rules designed to revise the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”). ...more

DOL Extends FMLA Spousal Leave Rights to Same-Sex Spouses in All States

On February 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division published its final rule regarding the definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Specifically, the rule recognizes...more

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