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Contract and At-Will Employment Ter...

Most states allow an employer to hire its employees "at-will." Essentially, this means the company can fire you or lay you off at any time and without notice....Read more

Read Your Employee Handbook and Pol...

Employers often give every new hire a copy of a company's employee handbook. Employee handbooks usually outline employment policies that must be followed by b...Read more

ADAAA Changes Definitions

Under the original Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), obesity was considered a disability only when it was due to an underlying physiological disorder, li...Read more

Employee-Employer Relations

Employers Cannot Retaliate for Whistle-Blowing Actions

You shouldn't have to fear loss of your job or retaliation from your boss and co-workers for notifying authorities of illegal activity or safety hazards at your workplace. When you disclose this type of information about your employer, an activity known as "whistle-blowing," federal and state laws provide you with a lot of protection against employer retaliation. The Law Often Pro... Read More

Employment Discrimination

Sexual and Other Kinds of Harassment During Employment

Any type of harassment in the workplace is against federal law if it is based on a discriminator reason such as race, religion or gender. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act disallows it, and most states have laws against it as well. Workplace harassment doesn't necessarily have to cause you financial harm. You may not lose your job or be denied employment. But if someone or something is... Read More

Employment Agreements

Employment Contracts Trump "At-Will" Employment

In most situations, employers do not have to give employees any guarantees or promises about their employment and can fire them for any reason that is not based on discrimination. But if you have an employment contract covering your job and salary, your employer cannot break the contract. If it does, you may need to file a lawsuit against your employer to enforce the contract and colle... Read More

Employee Wages and Salary

Am I An Exempt Employee or Nonexempt Employee?

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets standards for employees' pay, including a national minimum wage and child labor protections. It also requires employers to pay overtime earnings to most employees who work more than 40 hours per week. Many businesses identify their employees as exempt or nonexempt. This classification decides which employees are eligible for overtime pay... Read More

Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits Definition

If you work full-time, you receive payment in cash - and also in benefits. The law requires that your employer provide certain benefits, but many companies also offer non-cash benefits such as paid vacation time and health insurance. Employee benefits are designed to provide security to you and your family, and to improve your quality of life. The Internal Revenue Service offers tax br... Read More

Employment Search

Legal Responsibilities of Job Search Companies

The unemployed often turn to private recruiters to help with a job search or contact temporary employment agencies to secure some short-term assignments. Either way, you have the same legal rights as job applicants who apply directly to employers. Job search companies are subject to the same laws that exist to prevent discrimination and other violations against job applicants. Ag... Read More

Additional Labor and Employment Topics

Additional Labor and Employment Topics