Employment Law - Guide to Labor Law
When workers file claims for employment discrimination, unemployment compensation and workers’ compensation, these claims fall under employment law. Likewise, overseeing workplace safety and standards, fair wages, retirement and pensions, employee benefits, and much more, are part of this wide-ranging legal area. Employment law deals with both the employer and the employee’s actions, rights and responsibilities, as well as their relationship with one another.
A well-known, prevalent administrative regulatory body for employment law is the Department of Labor, which exists on both the federal and the state level.
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Employment and Labor Law - US
- ABA - Section of Labor and Employment Law
The Section of Labor and Employment Law is your link to information that matters to you. Our 22,000+ members represent all perspectives of labor and employment law: employer, union, employee, public, and neutral. All are committed to a balanced discussion of employment issues in the United States and abroad. Section membership is open to all regular, associate and law student members of the ABA. Annual dues are $40 for ABA Lawyer and Associate members and free for ABA Law Student Division members.
- Agricultural Labor Affairs Coordinator (ALAC) - Agricultural Labor Laws
The Agricultural Labor Affairs Coordinator (ALAC) operates within the Office of the Chief Economist and functions as the Department-wide coordinator of agricultural labor issues. The ALAC also serves as USDA's focal point for agricultural labor issues, including regulations and immigration issues, and is responsible for coordinating activities with other Federal agencies.
- Child Labor Protections
The child labor provisions of the Act include restrictions on hours of work and occupations for youths under age 16. These provisions also set forth 17 hazardous occupations orders for jobs that the Secretary has declared too dangerous for those under age 18 to perform.
- ELaws - US Department of Labor
The elaws Advisors are interactive e-tools that provide easy-to-understand information about a number of federal employment laws. Each Advisor simulates the interaction you might have with an employment law expert. It asks questions and provides answers based on responses given.
- Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is a federal law that sets minimum standards for most voluntarily established pension and health plans in private industry to provide protection for individuals in these plans.
- Employment Law Information Network
The Employment Law Information Network ("ELIN") is a no charge legal resource web site that is designed for employment lawyers, in-house employment counsel and human resource professionals.
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector and in Federal, State, and local governments. Covered nonexempt workers are entitled to a minimum wage of not less than $7.25 per hour effective July 24, 2009. Overtime pay at a rate not less than one and one-half times the regular rate of pay is required after 40 hours of work in a workweek.
- Family and Medical Leave Act
Covered employers must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 workweeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons: * for the birth and care of the newborn child of the employee; * for placement with the employee of a son or daughter for adoption or foster care; * to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition; or * to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of a serious health condition.
- Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959
The Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA) provides standards for the reporting and disclosure of certain financial transactions and administrative practices of labor organizations and employers; the protection of union funds and assets; the administration of trusteeships by labor organizations; and the election of officers of labor organizations. The Act also guarantees certain rights to all union members.
- Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)
The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA) is administered by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD). The Act safeguards most migrant and seasonal agricultural workers in their interactions with farm labor contractors, agricultural employers, agricultural associations, and providers of migrant housing. However, some farm labor contractors, agricultural employers, agricultural associations, and providers of migrant housing are exempt from the MSPA under limited circumstances.
- National Employment Law Institute (NELI)
NELI is a non-profit educational organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Institute's activities pertain exclusively to employment law compliance, the application of employment law to human resource practices, and practice and procedure before administrative bodies and in state and federal courts.
- Unemployment Compensation Law - Overview
Unemployment insurance provides workers, whose jobs have been terminated through no fault of their own, monetary payments for a given period of time or until they find a new job. Unemployment payments (compensation) are intended to provide an unemployed worker time to find a new job equivalent to the one lost without financial distress. Without employment compensation many workers would be forced to take jobs for which they were overqualified or end up on welfare. Unemployment compensation is also justified in for sustaining consumer spending during periods of economic adjustment.
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA, 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301 – 4335) is a federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other “uniformed services:” (1) are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service; (2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty; and (3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service.
- US Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Our mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision–making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.
- US Department of Labor
The Department of Labor fosters and promotes the welfare of the job seekers, wage earners, and retirees of the United States by improving their working conditions, advancing their opportunities for profitable employment, protecting their retirement and health care benefits, helping employers find workers, strengthening free collective bargaining, and tracking changes in employment, prices, and other national economic measurements. In carrying out this mission, the Department administers a variety of Federal labor laws including those that guarantee workers’ rights to safe and healthful working conditions; a minimum hourly wage and overtime pay; freedom from employment discrimination; unemployment insurance; and other income support.
- US Department of Labor - Civil Rights Center
The Civil Rights Center (CRC) administers and enforces various Federal statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders that relate to nondiscrimination and equal opportunity. These three types of equal opportunity laws: 1. forbid discrimination on various bases in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance, either from DOL itself or, under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), from another Federal department; and 2. forbid discrimination on the basis of disability: 1. by specified types of public entities (such as State and local governments) and 2. in programs and activities conducted by DOL; and 3. forbid employment discrimination within DOL itself.
- US Department of Labor - Wage and Hour Division (WHD)
The DOL Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is responsible for enforcing some of our nation’s most comprehensive federal labor laws on topics, including the minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, youth employment and special employment, family and medical leave, migrant workers, lie detector tests, worker protections in certain temporary worker programs, and the prevailing wages for government service and construction contracts.
- Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act
WARN helps ensure advance notice in cases of qualified plant closings and mass layoffs. The U.S. Department of Labor has issued compliance assistance materials to help workers and employers understand their rights and responsibilities under the provisions of WARN.
Department of Labor by State
Employment and Labor Law - International
- Federation of European Employment Employers - Employment Law
FedEE exists to provide you with the cost-effective legal support you need. Getting up to speed on key aspects of employment law in a particular country no longer means taking time off to attend old-style conferences or seminars.
- International Human Resources - HRM Guide Network
The HRM Guide Network offers a huge number of entirely free pages of HR-related content and links. New pages are added almost every day. Details about the latest articles on all HR-related sites are posted on HRM Guide Updates.
- International Labor Comparisons (ILC)
Because direct comparisons of national statistics across countries can be misleading due to differing concepts and methods, ILC adjusts data to a common conceptual framework. The comparisons primarily cover industrialized countries, with an increasing focus on developing economies. The ILC series are used to assess U.S. economic and labor market performance relative to that of other countries and to evaluate the competitive position of the United States in increasingly global markets.
- International Labour Law
Various arguments have been advanced over the years in support of international labour law. The argument concerning international competition was used in its most extensive form throughout the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century. The argument was that international agreements in the field of labour would help prevent international competition from taking place to the disadvantage of workers, and would constitute a kind of code of fair competition between employers and between countries.
- International Labour Organization (ILO)
The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.
Organizations Related to Employment and Labor Law
- American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) is a voluntary federation of 56 national and international labor unions. The AFL-CIO was created in 1955 by the merger of the AFL and the CIO.The AFL-CIO union movement represents 11.5 million members, including 3 million members in Working America, its community affiliate. We are teachers and miners, firefighters and farm workers, bakers and engineers, pilots and public employees, doctors and nurses, painters and plumbers—and more.
- Committee on Education and Labor
For generations, America has been a leader in the global economy, thanks to the drive and innovative spirit of America's workers. But middle class families have lost ground, finding themselves squeezed between shrinking paychecks and bigger bills for basic items like housing, health care, college tuition, and energy. The mission of this committee is simple: Growing and strengthening America's middle class.
- National Employment Counseling Association (NECA)
NECA is a division of the American Counseling Association and was founded in 1966 to implement solid and practical interventions to enhance employability and long-term employment.
- National Employment Law Council
The NELC is an organization primarily composed of minority outside and in-house attorneys throughout the United States and abroad who represent private and public sector employers in all aspects of labor and employment matters. The conference is directed to attorneys and senior level human resources professionals representing management in labor and employment law. This is an advanced program for practitioners with significant experience representing exclusively management in labor and employment law.
- National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
The National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) advances employee rights and serves lawyers who advocate for equality and justice in the American workplace. NELA is the country's largest professional organization that is exclusively comprised of lawyers who represent individual employees in cases involving employment discrimination and other employment-related matters.
- National Employment Rights Authority (NERA)
The National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) was established under the Social Partnership Agreement "Towards 2016" to achieve a national culture of employment rights compliance. NERA provides information to employees and employers through its information unit, monitors employment conditions through its inspection services and can enforce compliance and seek redress.
- Workplace Fairness
Workplace Fairness is a non-profit organization that provides information, education, and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights. Our goals are that workers and their advocates are educated about workplace rights and options for resolving workplace problems and that policymakers, members of the business community, and the public at large view the fair treatment of workers as both good business practice and sound public policy.
Publications Related to Employment and Labor Law
- Employment Law Information Network (ELIN)
ELIN's mission is to remain the brand name resource for free employment law information on the Internet. This site is designed for lawyers concentrating in employment law and human resource professionals who specialize in employee relations.
- NELI Publications
The Institute publishes manuals, books, searchable CDs and workbooks which comprehensively address substantive, procedural and strategic issues in employment law and litigation. Updated annually, these manuals contain papers generally considered the treatises on each particular topic, written edited and published exclusively for our program.
Articles on HG.org Related to Employment Law
- Industrial Tribunal Decision – Maria C. Debono vs Foster Clark Products – Injury Leave - Unfair DismissalOn the 4th June 2013 the Industrial Tribunal, following a claim for unfair dismissal filed by Mrs Maria Concetta Debono, awarded a decision in her favor and ordered her re-instatement with Foster Clark Products Limited and the payment of wages for the duration of her unemployment.
- Insurers Balk At The Prevalence of Narcotics In The Workers’ Comp SystemThe prevalence of narcotic prescriptions in the workers’ compensation system is receiving a lot of attention currently because insurers are becoming uncomfortable with assuming the cost of these prescriptions when it comes to long term use.
- A Q&A Guide to Doing Business in AngolaAn overview of key developments affecting doing business in Angola and an introduction to its legal system for foreign investment, currency regulations and incentives, business vehicles and relevant restrictions and liabilities. It provides short overviews on the laws regulating employment relationships including redundancies and on competition law, data protection, product liability/safety, taxation/tax residency and IP rights over patents, trade marks, registered and unregistered designs.
- Bus Driver’s Injuries Are Compensable Though the Injury Occurred At HomeA New Jersey Bus Driver was awarded workers’ compensation by a judge after her claim for benefits after experiencing an accident where she tripped and fell, breaking her foot, was initially denied.
- Assembly Bill 10: Hope for Low-Wage WorkersCalifornia’s minimum wage was set at $8.00 per hour in 2008 and has since not been changed for the last six years. However, Assembly Bill 10 could change all of that.
- Employment and Employee Benefits in Bulgaria: a Q&A GuideThis Q&A gives an overview of the key practical issues including: permissions to work; contractual and implied terms of employment; minimum wages; restrictions on working time; illness and injury; rights of parents and carers; data protection; discrimination and harassment; dismissals; redundancies; taxation; employer and parent company liability; employee representation and consultation; consequence of business transfers; pensions; IP; restraint of trade agreements and proposals for reform.
- Employee Share Plans in Bulgaria: Regulatory OverviewThis guide offers a high level overview of the key issues including, whether share plans are common and can be offered by foreign parent companies, the structure and rules relating to the different types of share option plan, share purchase plan and phantom share plan, taxation, corporate governance guidelines, consultation duties, exchange control regulations, taxation of internationally mobile employees, prospectus requirements, and necessary regulatory consents and filings.
- Tyson Foods Inc. to Pay $4 Million Penalty after Toxic Chemical ReleasesTyson Foods Inc. has been penalized in the amount of $4 million after harmful chemicals were accidentally released in different facilities in four states. Due to the chemical exposure several employees were injured and one died. Additionally, risk management practices will need to be reevaluated.
- Temporary Workers Could Be Entitled to Equivalent Payment Like Permanent Employees - GermanyIn several cases the Federal Labor Court (BAG) should have decided that temporary workers could be entitled to a higher salary for their work.
- Vacations for Pregnant Employees - ChinaPregnant employees rights are protected with special care. There are six different leaves for them during pregnance.
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