The world of work is constantly evolving, and with that, the laws that govern it. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the more important changes to employment law in recent years, and what employers need to know about them if they want to stay compliant. There are a few things employers should know about employment law in order to protect their employees. Here are some key points to keep in mind:
- Employees have the right to fair and equal treatment at work. This means that, no matter what their job title, employees should be treated the same way throughout their employment. For example, an employee should not be disadvantaged because they are female, black, gay, or a minority group member.
- Employees have the right to union representation if they wish. In most cases, employees have the right to union representation if they are members of a protected class. This means that the union can help them negotiate better wages and working conditions.
- Employees have the right to file a complaint with the government if they believe their rights have been violated at work. If an employee feels that their rights have been violated by their employer, they can file a complaint with either the Federal Labor Board (FLB) or the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The NLRB is more likely to take action in favor of the employee, while the FLB is more likely to side with the employer.
Discrimination in the Workplace
This is a guest post by Lillian Greene, an associate at Bivens & Lanier LLP. Employers should be aware of the many types of discrimination that can occur in the workplace. This includes race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), age (40 or older), disability, and sexual orientation. There are also anti-discrimination laws that protect employees from certain types of harassment in the workplace. Harassment can involve any kind of verbal or physical conduct that is unwelcome, offensive, or makes an individual feel uncomfortable. Harassment can occur anywhere in the workplace, including during interviews, while on the job, and after hours. If you believe that you have been subjected to discrimination in the workplace, you may want to speak with a discrimination lawyer. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options.
Employees who disclose unlawful conduct or misconduct at work can benefit from whistleblower protections. This is true whether the employee is an internal whistleblower or goes outside the company to report the wrongdoing. The Employment Law protections vary depending on the type of disclosure and whether the employee is an insider or outsider. Both insiders and outsiders can qualify as whistleblowers if they disclose information that could lead to public safety. Insiders can qualify if they have knowledge that illegal activity is taking place and they want to bring it to the attention of their superiors, but are afraid of retaliation. Outsiders can also qualify if they have information that could lead to public safety, but they do not have direct contact with company executives. Both insiders and outsiders can receive different types of benefits, depending on their situation.