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What employers should know about employee rights

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2021 | blog, Employment Law for Employers |

Any employer in the U.S. must comply with government statutes that regulate employment practices. State and federal laws apply to many areas of employment policies.

If you are an employer located in the tri-state area, i.e., New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, you can benefit from educating your managers regarding compliance with state and federal employment legislation.

Federal laws

Federal employment statutes include:

  • The Family Medical Leave Act

Employees may take job-protected, unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act for certain family and medical reasons, including the birth of a child, an employee’s serious illness or an employee’s spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities and enforces the rights of both employees and job seekers

Tri-state statutes

Each state in the tri-state area has specific employment laws.

  1. New York

Employers and employees are integral parts of New York’s commitment to a robust workforce with ordinances addressing:

  • Unpaid or withheld wages
  • Safety and health
  • Immigrant policy
  1. New Jersey

New Jersey’s regulations include:

  • Wages and overtime
  • Leave and benefits
  • Recruitment
  1. Connecticut

Connecticut “is committed to protecting and promoting the interests of Connecticut workers” by educating workers and employers in the following areas:

  • Labor relations
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Veterans

Employers may face challenging and complex state and federal guidelines. Understanding the laws that affect your hiring and retention policies may enable you to safeguard your company’s and employees’ stability and productivity.