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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A Simplified Norm to Represent an Expanding Power: the Right to Listen in on Employees’ Phone Calls and the Standardization of...

Since 2001, the French Court of Cassation has made a continuous effort to refine and, in some circumstances, narrow the scope of the right to privacy in the workplace with a view to reaching a fair and balanced approach. The...more

San Francisco Passes the “Retail Workers Bill of Rights”

San Francisco recently enacted two sweeping ordinances that are being referred to as the “Retail Workers Bill of Rights”. The new laws impose strict new requirements on retail employers and establishments in the City of San...more

Massachusetts Enacts Parental Leave for Both Mothers and Fathers

In one of his last acts as governor, former-Governor Deval Patrick signed into law on January 7, 2015 an amendment to the previous Massachusetts Maternity Leave Law that extends eight weeks of unpaid leave to both male and...more

New Massachusetts Parental Leave Law Extends Protections to Male Employees

With very little fanfare or media attention, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed a bill into law the day before he left office that establishes parental leave in Massachusetts for both female and male employees. ...more

Undocumented Workers Are Protected by Wisconsin's FMLA

Wisconsin’s court of appeals, in a published opinion written by Judge Reilly, recently decided that undocumented workers are protected by Wisconsin’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Burlington Graphic Systems v. DWD,...more

Employer Posting Requirements Under New Jersey Law

The year 2014 saw a growing number of municipal laws in New Jersey mandating paid sick leave, with corresponding mandatory posting requirements for employers (see below). Accordingly, with the arrival of 2015, New Jersey...more

The Employee Zone Of Privacy

Employers should recognize an employee’s zone of privacy in the workplace. Business owners and managers need to understand that while they have their employees’ attention for much of the workday, there are limits. An employer...more

San Francisco Enacts Retail Workers Bill of Rights

Some retailers in San Francisco will need to set work schedules two weeks in advance or face stiff penalties under a new law that goes into effect in 2015. San Francisco’s recently enacted Retail Workers Bill of Rights will...more

Evolution of a Statutory Benefit: Use of Paid Sick Leave by Employees Who Aren’t Sick Themselves

The Connecticut employment laws mandate several workplace protections for employees which in an earlier era would have been found only in collective bargaining agreements or the employer’s own policies. Just a few examples...more

2015 Hot Topics for Multinational Companies

As we enter the New Year, Littler's international practice has identified a number of key employment and labor law issues for multinational companies (MNCs). The past year has brought to the fore some challenging issues...more

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Continues to Reshape Working Environment for Low-Wage and Part-Time Workers; Becomes First...

Just before the Thanksgiving break, as retailers were gearing up for “Black Friday,” “Cyber Monday,” and the newly-minted “Gray Thursday,” the San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved two new ordinances...more

San Francisco’s Retail Workers Bill of Rights Has Passed: Are you ready?

Operative July 3, 2015, companies located in San Francisco who are “Formula Retail Establishments” must comply with additional wage and hour requirements under the Retail Workers Bill of Rights (a combination of two...more

FMLA Does Not Require Employer to Agree to Altered Work Schedule or Work From Home

The Family and Medical Leave Act requires employers to provide job-protected leave to eligible employees. Sometimes, employers receive FMLA requests from employees that involve shifts to the working schedule or other measures...more

FMLA Leave for Headache Effectively Converts Full-Time Position into Part-Time Position; Employers' Shrieks Heard Across the...

This one is a real headache. Sam oversees a storage area for the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) and during certain times of the year, his position requires a fairly extensive amount of overtime. For...more

What’s Going Around: California Employers Must Provide Paid Sick Leave in 2015

The Solution: California Assembly Bill (“AB”) 1522 will require employers to provide employees with at least 24 hours of paid sick leave starting July 1, 2015....more

NLRB: Employees Have Right to use Employer’s Email for Union Organizing if Other Non-Business Use is Permitted

Today, the National Labor Relations Board held that employees have a right to use their employer’s communications systems – including email – for protected activity during non-working time, unless the employer prohibits all ...more

Employees Must Be Permitted to Use Their Employer Email Systems for Nonwork Purposes — Right to Wear Union Insignia Is Expanded

Reversing well established precedent, on December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) held that employees that have been given access to their employers’ email systems, must be permitted to use...more

San Francisco Ordinance Imposes New Burdens on 'Formula' Retail Employers

In addition to federal and state laws, San Francisco currently has ten labor and employment laws that apply only to employees working within the City. On December 5, 2014, the eleventh San Francisco-specific employment law...more

Legal Update: Shared Parental Leave

What happened? The Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 came into force on 1 December 2014 and will apply to children whose expected week of birth or placement for adoption is on or after 5 April 2015. The...more

Three Important Components of the Family Medical Leave Act

In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), which allows employees time off from their job to bond with their children, care for ill family members, or recover from their own serious...more

Employment Law 101: Americans with Disabilities Act

Who does it apply to: The law applies to all employers with 15 or more employees. What is the issue: It is against the law to discriminate against an employee or a prospective employee based on a disability the person...more

San Francisco Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights

On November 25, 2014, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed two ordinances that are collectively referred to as the San Francisco Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights: the “Hours and Retention Protections for Formula Retail...more

Responding to West-African Employees who Travel to Ebola-Affected Countries - Employee Rights vs. Public Health Concerns

Buried near the end of articles in the New York Times and The Washington Post about the first United States Ebola patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, was the observation that the quarantine being imposed on Mr. Duncan’s fiancée, her...more

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Approves “Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights”

On November 25, 2014, the City and County of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved (with one member absent) two ordinances that will affect “Formula Retail Establishments” and that proponents refer to as...more

Philadelphia Mayor's Task Force Recommends Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

A task force appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to examine the impact of paid sick leave legislation recently released its final report that recommends Philadelphia employers with 15 or more workers should provide paid sick...more

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