Why are employment laws needed?

Why are employment laws needed?

Employment laws were put in place to protect workers from wrongdoing by their employers. Without those statutes, workers would be vulnerable to a number of threats. The key employment laws include discrimination, minimum wage, and workplace safety and health laws, as well as workers’ compensation and child labor laws.

Can a company have an Employee Assistance Program?

ANSWER: Yes, as the scope of your program could affect coverage requirements. There are certain laws you have to follow with your employee assistance program.

What can employer.gov and elaws do for You?

Employer.gov answers common questions about the responsibilities of job creators towards their employees. Worker.gov guides workers to information about their rights and common workplace concerns. The elaws Advisors help employees and employers learn their rights and responsibilities under Federal employment laws.

What do you need to know about employment laws?

Employment Laws Assistance for Workers and Small Businesses A set of interactive, online tools to help employers and employees learn more about their rights and responsibilities under numerous Federal employment laws.

Is it legal to mandate EAP for employees?

While there’s no law preventing you from doing so, you need to be careful and make sure the requirement is purely job-related to avoid the appearance of disability discrimination. In other words: You can’t mandate EAP participation because you believe a worker has a mental illness.

Are there any laws that apply to all employees?

Some laws, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and state Workers’ Compensation laws, apply to all employees but have disability-related implications when employees are injured or become disabled on the job.

Why do we need an employment law guide?

The Guide is designed mainly for those needing “hands-on” information to develop wage, benefit, safety and health, and nondiscrimination policies for businesses. Statutory and regulatory changes will occur over time, which may affect the information in this Guide .

How does the National Labor Relations Act protect employees?

The National Labor Relations Act protects employees’ rights to discuss conditions of employment, such as safety and pay even if you’re a non-union employer. The NLRB calls these discussions “protected concerted activity” and defines them as when employees “take action for their mutual aid or protection regarding terms and conditions of employment.”

When to ask if you are authorized to work in the United States?

As discussed on our Labor & Employment Law Perspectives Blog on March 12, 2012, it is a best practice to ask job applicants about their ability to work legally in the United States. While asking “are you authorized to work lawfully in the United States” is necessary, that question may not generate sufficient information.