The United States has one of the highest standards in the world when it comes to employee protections. There are both federal, state and local laws and organizations available to help employees throughout New York and the country who believe their employee rights may have been violated.
In certain lines of work, during the hiring process employees and employers may come to an agreement or understanding regarding the process in the event of an untimely employment termination. If an employer gives an employee compensation following a termination, this is called severance. There are many reasons why an employer may offer a severance package to an outgoing employee.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is a government agency designed and created to help employers maintain a safe working environment and to protect workers from workplace injuries. The administration was founded in the 1970's at the time of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Within this act are various rights given to employees working in the United States.
Although we would like to think that all businesses and companies always follow the framework of the law, this is not always the case. Regardless of the motives, whether it is to take out a competitor, evade taxes or simply just to gain a higher profit margin, there are times when laws are broken.
With United States political campaigning in full force for next year's presidential election, we are starting to see continual discussions regarding illegal immigration and how it affects Americans and the economy. One of the discussions tied to immigration is how immigrants affect labor laws in the United States. What defines a livable wage in the United States? How many workers are working off the books for less than minimum wage?
The rights of employees are not always honored in workplaces in America today. Most businesses understand that employees are an important part of the entity's overall success, and it is the business's responsibility to assure that their employees are treated with respect and without discrimination, and that they are not exposed to working in an unsafe work environment.
If you work for a company that does business for or with the government, you may have heard of a "qui tam" action lawsuit. A qui tam action lawsuit takes place when an employee informs the government that a company is defrauding the government.
On Thursday, August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the waste management company Browning Ferris Industries is considered a joint employer with one of its subcontractors. Upon first glance, this decision may not seem very important, but the decision may affect millions of employees in the United States.
Throughout the United States, including New York, there are both federal and state laws protecting employees' rights and assuring them a minimum wage for their time at work. Although the federal minimum wage in the U.S. is set at $7.25 per hour, if state minimum wage laws are higher, such as in New York, they take precedent over the federal rate.
With today's economy forever evolving and still trying to pick itself up from the recent recession, many employees still find themselves losing their jobs. The reasons to lay off an employee are varied. It may be budgetary cuts, the merging of two companies, downsizing, outsourcing or just the purging of veteran employees with high salaries in favor of a newer crowd. With the exception of discrimination on the grounds of national origin, race, religion, sex, age or disability, an employee may be fired for any number of reasons.