Employment & Labor

Employment Law is civil law that sets forth the rules and regulations governing the employer-employee relationship. It may include background checks, hiring and firing concerns, pensions, employee benefits and compensation. Labor Law includes issues such as labor unions, collective bargaining, workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour requirements, the minimum wage, OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety Act) and Workers’ Compensation. Federal statutes have also been enacted to protect vulnerable employees in the workplace, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Employee protection includes the prohibition against discrimination based upon race, color, religion, age, disability, gender or national origin. Labor Law traditionally refers to the relationship between employees and employers, trade unions and the government.

  1. Discrimination Proving Discriminatory Employment and Hiring Practices

    Understand what you need to know to prove an employment discrimination lawsuit, including wrongful hiring and promotion practices at work.
  2. Hiring, Firing, HR Tweets, Social Media Posts and Your Employment Rights

    Can you get fired for a Facebook, Twitter or blog post, even in private away from work? This article explains your rights, provides best practices for bloggers, and provides recent cases.
  3. Rights, Policies Video Surveillance and Telephone Monitoring at Work

    Discussing the limits of video surveillance and telephone monitoring in the workplace, where it is illegal, when it is permitted, privacy rights, federal and state laws and more.
  4. Rights, Policies Wage Deduction for Work Uniforms, Tools, Cash Register Shortages

    Is your employer is entitled to take money from your paycheck for work related tools, work uniforms or cash register shortages? How about accidental breaking of items? This article explains your...
  5. Rights, Policies Employee Rights to Access Their Employee Personnel File

    Companies keep files on their employees all the time - do you have a right to see your file? Can you dispute information? Can you copy your file? This and more discussed in this article.
  6. Hiring, Firing, HR Reference & Recommendation Letters From A Prior Employer

    Can you limit the kind of job reference provided by a former employer? What if you think your boss doesn't have good things to say about you? What can you do?
  7. Rights, Policies Employee Monitoring, Privacy Rights & Confidentiality

    Can your employer monitor you at work? How about hidden cameras? Should you expect confidentiality in your work agreement and on your job interview? Drug testing? These topics and more are...
  8. Rights, Policies Email Privacy and Employee Email Monitoring by Employers

    Do you have a right to privacy using company email? How about using Yahoo Mail, Hotmail or Gmail? Can my employer view my emails? This article will explain your rights using email in the workplace.
  9. Can You Be Forced to Speak English at Work?

    Can you be forced to speak only English while you are at work? Is it legal to forbid employees from speaking Spanish, Chinese or another language on the job?
  10. Rights, Policies OSHA: Dealing With Workplace Safety and Health Issues

    What should you do if there is a dangerous condition at work? What is OSHA and how does it ensure your health and safety at your job? How to report dangerous at work if your employer doesn't...
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