Labor Law Requirements

Labor law compliance what does that mean to the job seeker or employee?

According to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, "Fair and safe practices in the workplace are a top priority for the Department of Labor,

and we want to make it simple for both employers and workers to understand the federal policies that protect them,"

Unfortunately, for many employees the workplace is often not fair or safe. Employment policies are often anything but simple to understand. One of the reasons for this website is to make it easy to understand basic employee rights. Labor and Employment Law deal with similar employment issues. However, Labor law also includes worker involvement with unions.

Employee rights will usually focus on the employee to employer relationship. Collective bargaining agreements or what's called "collective labor law" deal with a combination of employer, employee and unions.

Over the centuries, the conflict between business and labor resulted in labor law services. In order to gain fair wages, healthy, safe and improved working conditions, workers found it necessary to organize into unions. Many business owners wanting to maximize profit were and are willing to exploit workers unfairly to achieve this.

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Federal Labor Law

In American labor law, most states employ "At-Will" doctrine. That means we can be fired for any reason or no reason. The exception being the employer violating public policy or an illegal reason such as some form of workplace discrimination. United States labor law is enforced by the federal Department of Labor.

The DOL enforces and controls over 180 million laws that oversee the employment issues for 125 million employees and around 10 million employers. Here are a few of the DOL laws and guidelines that protect career seekers, employees, retired persons, contractors, employers and grantees. Each provides a short review of labor law information involving the specific law.

(FLSA) Fair Labor Standards Act
This law sets guidelines for overtime pay and wages. Qualifying employers must pay employees who are not exempt workers the federal minimum wage and overtime pay equal to one-and-one-half-times their normal pay rate. there are also mandatory restrictions on employment of children under 16.

(FMLA) Family Medical Leave Act
Employers of 50 or more are legally required to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to qualifying employees. This leave can involve caring for the serious sickness of a spouse, child or parent. The FMLA also protects the employee's job from termination.

(OSHA) Occupational Safety and Health Act
Under Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulation, employers are duty bound to offer workplaces that are safe from serious hazards that are recognizable.

(USERRA) Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
Prevents discrimination of certain military employees from employment and reemployment when returning from service in the armed forces.

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Labor Law Posters

Every employer is legally required to display a state and federal labor law poster in a place that is easily accessible. The labor law compliance poster must also be kept up-to-date. Employers that fail to display current required labor law posters invite lawsuits and fines. State and federal labor law posters provide education and awareness for workers about their employee rights in the workplace.

Each area of labor federal and state law has it's own individual labor laws poster. There are constant changes in employment and labor law. That's why it's critical for employers to keep their state and federal employment labor law compliance posters up-to-date.

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