The right to a fair wage is rooted in federal law, and every employer is required to meet certain wage standards if they want to do business lawfully in the United States. For example, with rare exceptions for those in service industry professions where gratuities are...
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Labor Department cracks down on child labor law violations
Recently, the U.S. Dept. of Labor (DOL) announced its crackdown on child labor law violations. Packers Sanitation Services (PSS) slaughterhouses in eight Midwestern states paid $1.5 million in fines in accordance with the terms of a consent decree signed in December...
Spotting a narcissist at work
Hopefully, you work someplace you enjoy and you are highly qualified for your job. You may want to stay where you are for a long time, especially if the wage and benefits are good. You may not want anything to mess up this opportunity. Unfortunately, as the saying...
What is New York’s “Ban The Box” Law?
When you have a criminal record, it can feel like finding employment is an impossibility. Employers sometimes use a person’s criminal history as a screening tool when they’re making hiring decisions, despite whether it has any bearing on whether that person can do the...
Can my employer reduce my pay while I’m on maternity leave?
As an expectant mother, you have plenty of joy and concerns. On one hand, you have a baby on the way. And on the other hand, you are concerned about your job. Will your employer cut your pay? Worse still, will they fire you? Both state and federal laws prohibit...
3 ways religious discrimination can affect someone’s career
Freedom to follow your religion wouldn't be very meaningful if you couldn't work a decent job because of your faith. The right to freedom of religion also theoretically means the right to be free from religious discrimination. Federal law establishes a person's...
Workplace retaliation: 5 common signs
Being an employer can be a tiresome job, but sometimes the job goes to people's heads. As such, some employers try to take advantage of their position to harass or discriminate against their employees. This can cause serious problems for people looking to earn an...
Can your employer punish you for making a complaint?
Seeing something happen at work that you consider to be discrimination is a difficult position to be put in. You don’t want to let the conduct continue and you know you should make a complaint but you’re also scared about what might happen to you as a result. Can your...
5 kinds of wage theft
It’s often hard to get a good day's pay, but, when you do your work, you expect to be paid for your time. Unfortunately, many workers don’t see their fair pay from employers who engage in wage theft. When employers engage in wage theft, employers may face many...
Are sexual comments a form of sexual harassment?
Experiencing sexual harassment at work is more traumatic than most people think. Victims usually suffer significant psychological effects like depression, anxiety, headaches, sexual dysfunction, sleep problems and lowered self-esteem. When you hear someone making a...
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