Employment Law Articles

Articles written by attorneys and experts worldwide
discussing legal aspects related to Employment.




German Federal Government Planning Reforms to Temporary Employment

  July 31, 2015     By GRP Rainer LLP
The German federal government is planning to reform the Act Regulating the Supply of Temporary Workers (Gesetz zur Regelung der gewerbsmäßigen Arbeitnehmerüberlassung (AÜG)), which is to say that the rules regarding sub-contracted and temporary employment are to be revised.

Employees Are Entitled to Paid Sick Leave in California

  July 29, 2015     By The Law Offices of Jual F. Reyes
Prior to January 1, 2015, employers were not required to offer employees paid sick leave in California. However, with the passage of the Healthy Families Act of 2014, an employee is now entitled to paid sick leave. Beginning on July 1, 2015, an employee who works for an employer for 30 days or more within a calendar year from the beginning of employment is entitled to paid sick leave.

Can You Be Fired for Your Social Media Posts?

  July 29, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Certain speech about work is considered protected activity. Believe it or not, talking about your job on social media may actually be a protected activity under federal law.

Fixed-term Employment Agreement For Substitution

  July 27, 2015     By Delchev & Partners
When it comes to fixed-term employment agreements Bulgarian labour legislation is traditionally highly restrictive. Usually a fixed-term employment agreement is defined as an employment agreement with a short duration aimed at satisfying an employer’s temporary and exceptional need of manpower.

Worried about Employees Taking Advantage of Your Business?

  July 27, 2015     By Summerfield Browne Solicitors
Employers should be aware that terms may be implied into an employment contract in circumstances where there are no equivalent express terms agreed between the parties. A term may be implied into an employment contract by common law or statute and they fall into the following categories: (i) terms implied in fact; (ii) terms implied by law; (iii) terms implied by custom and practice; and (iv) terms implied or modified by statute.

How to Define the Legal Nature of Employment of Retired Staffs

  July 29, 2015     By Mylink Law Office
In the actual situation,many companies prefer to use these staffs reaching or over retirement age,but there is a controversy on the relationship between the company and this staff,it’s the labor relationship or the labor service relationship.In this article,we will give our views and suggestion.

Non-Competition Compensation can be Prepaid in the Salary in Shanghai?

  July 23, 2015     By Mylink Law Office
Due to the disclosure of confidential information belonging to the employer or improper use of the confidential information by the employee,employee and employer reach a non-competition agreement,but the employee shall pay the non-competition compensation after the employee leaves the employer.

How to Conclude Employment Contract in China

  July 30, 2015     By Mylink Law Office
For expat employees, due to lack of local labor law knowledge, it is always difficult to conclude a fair employment contract in China. It is particularly true when they are offered with the prepared employment contract by the employer and no much room is left for them to raise opinions for change. Thus, a lot of potential disputes may exist during the performance of the contract, which, in most cases, cannot be foreseen by the employee.

Can You Be Fired for Incomplete FMLA Paperwork?

  July 22, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Court decision gives Pennsylvania workers more protection.

Does Your Employee Handbook Violate the National Labor Relations ACT?

  July 22, 2015     By Robison, Curphey & O'Connell, LLC
Over the past several years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has been taking a more active role in the non-union workplace, including decisions on whether provision of employers’ handbooks or work rules violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

Termination of Employment Agreement Due to Staff Reduction in Bulgaria

  July 22, 2015     By Delchev & Partners
Staff reduction is one of the most common grounds used for termination of employment agreements by the employers with a termination notice for convenience. The reason for this lies in the statutory right of the employer to organize the workflow and to determine the staff number and schedule at his own discretion.

How to Terminate an Employment Agreement when Closing Down an Enterprise in Bulgaria

  July 21, 2015     By Delchev & Partners
Nowadays, due to the continuing world economic crisis, unfortunately, the business phenomenon of “closing down an enterprise/a part of an enterprise” is a really common practice. This inevitably imposes the need of termination and settlement of the employment relations between the company which is closing down and its employees.

Collective Agreements in Spain

  July 21, 2015     By Mariscal Abogados
Collective agreements are agreements between unions and employers that establish wages, work schedule and other work conditions. Additionally, these agreements allow the adjustment of the rules of the company’s business sector.

How to Protect Your Business from Exploitation by Employees

  July 20, 2015     By Summerfield Browne Solicitors
Are you concerned that if some of your key employees left, they would be able to exploit know how gained while working for you, at the expense of your business? If so, then read this article to see how you can protect your business.

To Hire or Not to Hire: Independent Contractors Versus Employees

  July 20, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Most of the time, hiring an independent contractor for your business is a means of providing a temporary subject matter expert who can provide some measure of unique support. While some businesses do continue to retain employees of this type that have provided vast contributions to an organization this is not usually the case.

To Bank or not to Bank? Maltese Law Rules Governing the Banking of Work Hours

  July 17, 2015     By CSB Advocates
Annualisation of hours is a term used to describe a contract which states the agreed number of guaranteed hours the employee is contracted to work through a twelve month period. Annualisation schemes are implicitly promoted both by EU Legislation on working time and by EU policies and recommendations, which – among others – allow EU Member Countries to adopt flexible working time schedules.

Was Job Candidate Turned Down Because He Was Too Old?

  July 15, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Tech giant facing lawsuit after taking a pass on older job applicant.

Disputed Workers' Compensation Claims

  July 13, 2015     By E.S. Borjeson & Associates
The Workers’ Compensation Act was established to ensure injured workers receive compensation such as wage loss benefits and medical benefits to supplement their income when they are unable to work because of an injury on the job.

Change in Pennsylvania Law

  July 13, 2015     By Law Offices of Michele Finizio
Twenty-five percent of Americans are banned from employment opportunities due to their criminal record, specifically jobs regarding the care-taking of older Americans.

How to Protect Your Business from Exploitation by Employees

  July 13, 2015     By Summerfield Browne Solicitors
Are you concerned that some of your key employees have knowledge about your business which could in certain circumstances, if such information was exploited by the employee, damage your business? If so find out how to protect your business.

101 of Non-Compete Agreements: Everything You Need to Know about Protecting Your Business

  July 12, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Today’s advances – technological, scientific, and business – are all driven by competition. As a business owner or an entrepreneur, you’re likely faced with a serious competition that drives you to constantly enhance and update your product and services range. Competition is healthy, as it promotes innovation – but what happens when you find a competitor amongst your own employees?

Is Pregnancy a Disability Under the ADA?

  July 8, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Feds issue new enforcement guidelines on pregnancy discrimination.

Minimum Wage Changes in the Republic of Panama

  July 5, 2015     By Pardini & Associates
By means of executive decree No. 182 of December 30th of 2013, President Martinelli´s approved the new minimum wage that will enter into effect as of January 1, 2014

Am I Being Subjected to a Hostile Work Environment?

  July 1, 2015     By HG.org
When individuals hear the phrase “hostile work environment,” they may think that this means that a supervisor or owner of a business curses, hurls things at the wall or is intimating to employees. However, in legal terms, this is not the case. Instead, specific legal criteria must be met for a work environment to meet this legal threshold.

Did Supervisor Manufacture Reasons to Fire Middle-Eastern Staffer?

  July 1, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Man told to ‘go work at 7-11 with your own kind’

Recent Amendments and Modernisation of the Companies Act in Cyprus

  July 1, 2015     By Stelios Americanos & Co LLC
The Law amending the Companies Act, CAP 113, Number 4, of 2015 has been passed by the Cyprus parliament. It provides for significant changes to the Companies Act and modernises several of its provisions. The main changes are as follows:

Know the Rules for Hiring and Managing Interns

  July 1, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Many small businesses thrive with the extra help interns provide at little or no cost to the business. However, there are things small business owners need to know about hiring and managing interns.

Russian Supreme Court Clarifies Procedure for Settling Disputes Related to Activity of Company Managers

  June 29, 2015     By Capital Legal Services, L.L.C.
The Plenum of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation adopted Ruling No.21 “On issues the courts encounter when applying legislation regulating labor of a company manager and members of a collective executive body” (the “Ruling”) on June 2, 2015. Issues related to dismissal of a manager by the company are clarified.

UK Employee Share Options – Enterprise Management Incentives Option

  June 29, 2015     By Summerfield Browne Solicitors
What can early stage companies do to retain key personnel when they might not have sufficient funds to pay competitive salaries? This article considers one of the most popular employee share option schemes in the UK.

Calculating Overtime and Back Pay in Pennsylvania: Know these Quirks in the Law or Risk Losing Money

  June 29, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Pennsylvania law differs from federal law.

Employee Incentivisation – An Overview

  June 24, 2015     By Summerfield Browne Solicitors
Are you looking to retain key personnel? If so this article provides guidance on some of the options to incentivise your employees and therefore increase the chance of the employee staying with your company

Staffer Fired After Adding Disabled Spouse to Her Insurance Plan

  June 21, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Woman sues employer under association provision of ADA.

Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) in Egypt

  June 16, 2015     By Youssry Saleh Law Firm
Legal process outsourcing is the process of obtaining legal support in different areas of practice from an outside law firm or legal support services company. The LPO system, according to a survey conducted by evalue survey is considered one of the fastest growing industries in the knowledge of process outsourcing (KPO).

The First Thing You Should Do when You Are Injured at Work

  June 16, 2015     By The Cardamone Law Firm, LLC
Companies throughout different states provide workers compensation benefits for injured workers. This is a way of protecting workers rights, as designed by state law.

Boy Scouts’ Employment Policies

  June 15, 2015     By Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C.
The office of the New York State Attorney General has opened an investigation into the Boy Scouts of America to determine if the organization’s hiring policies discriminate against gays.

How to File an Unpaid Wage Claim

  June 14, 2015     By HG.org
Individuals who have not received the money that they are due for the work that they have already completed may choose to pursue an unpaid wage claim. This process may be completed through a state agency or a private cause of action.

Pregnancy Is a Protected Class Under The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

  June 15, 2015     By The Law Offices of Jual F. Reyes
Sex discrimination and harassment are prohibited in the California workplace under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Restaurant Workers Were Denied Breaks; Company Pays $1.7 Million to Settle Wage and Overtime Complaints

  June 11, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Staffers weren’t compensated for missed rest and meal periods.

Discrimination Lawsuit Against Abercrombie & Fitch

  June 11, 2015     By Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C.
In a vote of eight to one, the Supreme Court allowed Samantha Elauf to sue Abercrombie & Fitch for employment discrimination after the company would not hire her because she wore a traditional head scarf, or hijab.

Age Discrimination in the Workplace

  June 11, 2015     By Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C.
Employers often depend on their seasoned employees to train and guide newcomers about the specifics of a job.

How Can I Win an Age Discrimination Lawsuit

  June 10, 2015     By HG.org
As baby boomers represent a higher number of paid employees, the number of age discrimination complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Between the years 1997 and 2007, approximately 16,000 to 19,000 complaints were filed a year. However, the number grew from 23,000 to 25,000 since 2008.

Risk Of Traumatic Brain Injuries On The Job

  June 10, 2015     By E.S. Borjeson & Associates
Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, are a serious public health issue in the United States.

American Wage and Hour Laws

  June 9, 2015     By HG.org
When it comes to fights with one’s employer, things can be pretty one-sided. Many employees do not know how to fight unfair pay or labor standards, and are afraid to do much for fear of losing their job. So, what are some American wage and hour laws, and how can you go about enforcing them?

Can Your Boss Ask You if You’re Pregnant? Your Rights Under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

  June 3, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Woman who was suspected of being pregnant was forced off the job.

Which Groups of People Are Protected from Employment Discrimination?

  June 2, 2015     By HG.org
Not all forms of discrimination or harassment are illegal. Simply because a person is singled out because his or her boss does not like him or her, this does not mean that the person has an actionable claim. Instead, the individual must be considered part of a protected class by state or federal law. Additionally, the discriminatory or harassing conduct must be because of membership in this protected class.

What Questions Must an Employer Avoid Asking During an Interview?

  May 29, 2015     By HG.org
Everyday, millions of Americans go on interviews, and everyday employers walk through a legal minefield of potentially dangerous questions. While some of the questions may seem harmless and intended solely to get to know the interviewee, they could actually open the company up to liability for various types of discrimination should that individual not receive an offer for the position.

Engagement of Foreign Workers: Work Permits and Visas in Kazakhstan

  May 28, 2015     By Integrites
Under the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the work of foreign employees in Kazakhstan requires in certain instances a work permit and a work visa.

Does Your Boss Have to Have a Reason to Fire You?

  May 27, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
What at-will employment means in Pennsylvania.

Workers' Compensation Programs are Failing Injured Workers

  May 27, 2015     By E.S. Borjeson & Associates
According to two reports recently released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and ProPublica, injuries occurring in the workplace are costing Americans more and more money.

Financial Worth of Amputation Injury Varies by State

  May 27, 2015     By Schmidt, Kirifides, Fridkin & Rassias
There are numerous circumstances in which a worker could lose a limb in a workplace accident.

Employment and Labour Law: Kazakhstan

  May 25, 2015     By Grata Law Firm
Labour relationships in Kazakhstan are governed not only by the provisions of the Labour Code of Kazakhstan, but also by special legislative acts (on civil service, on internal affairs authorities, etc.).

Flaws with Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation System

  May 20, 2015     By E.S. Borjeson & Associates
There are some inherent problems within the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system.

Are Non-Compete Agreements Really Enforceable? What You Need to Know

  May 19, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
The courts look at three criteria.

Workplace Sexual Harassment As Defined by the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

  May 18, 2015     By The Law Offices of Jual F. Reyes
One of the most common forms of workplace harassment in California takes the form of sexual harassment. Like any other form of harassment, it is prohibited in the workplace pursuant to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Sexual harassment is defined as any unwanted sexual advances and offensive behavior that are sexual in nature.

Company on the Hook for $1.5 Million after Ignoring Sexual Harassment

  May 12, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Terminated employees sued for retaliation

Deadly Explosion at a Metal Production Plant

  May 12, 2015     By E.S. Borjeson & Associates
An explosion at a metal production plant with a history of safety violations has been ruled an accident by local police.

OSHA Seeks Fines Following Roofer's Electrocution Death

  May 12, 2015     By Schmidt, Kirifides, Fridkin & Rassias
A Pennsylvania remodeling company is being fined after one of their workers was fatally electrocuted on the job last September.

Are There Any Protections for Transgender Employees?

  May 11, 2015     By HG.org
For decades, the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act has failed to pass, which would sweeping protections to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in the workforce. Without this law, transgender employees do have some protections, but not as many as people who have been traditionally protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

How Does Workers’ Compensation Work?

  May 8, 2015     By HG.org
Injured employees across the country are able to receive medical treatment and have a portion of their wages replaced after being injured in a work-related accident or becoming ill on the job through the workers’ compensation program. Employers and employees both have a number of responsibilities under the program.

Federal Labor Laws

  May 7, 2015     By HG.org
Employees in the United States are protected by a number of key regulations. In addition to any laws on the state level, employees are also protected by more than 180 federal laws administered by the Department of Labor alone. Here are some of the more common forms of protection.

Philadelphia Enacts Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

  May 6, 2015     By Galfand Berger LLP
On May 13, 2015, workers in Philadelphia may begin to acquire paid sick leave hours under the “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces” Ordinance. Philadelphia becomes the 17th major city to pass a paid sick leave law.

Man Fired for 'Performance Issues' After Being Told He Was 'Too Old' to Do His Job

  May 5, 2015     By Murphy Law Group, LLC
Company claimed staffer was insubordinate.

Fast Food Restaurant's Unsafe Practices

  May 5, 2015     By E.S. Borjeson & Associates
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has received new complaints filed against nine company-owned McDonald’s and 19 McDonald’s franchises that allege a variety of unsafe work practices.

Investment Risks in Kazakhstan

  May 4, 2015     By Pari Passu Advisory
Investors from different countries are continuing to establish their offices in Kazakhstan and many companies are willing to do business here. The rate of success stories for investors in Kazakhstan is good enough. However, there is always something new and unexpected when a foreign investor starts its business in an unknown country.

Chiropractic Care in the Workplace

  May 4, 2015     By Schmidt, Kirifides, Fridkin & Rassias
On-site wellness and chiropractic care is a growing trend being embraced by many companies across the U.S.

Title VII Protections for Volunteers

  May 4, 2015     By Sidney L. Gold & Associates, P.C.
For as long as it has existed, American society has relied upon and revered the work of volunteers.

5 Reasons Why Your Company Needs an Employee Email Policy

  May 4, 2015     By Jurado & Farshchian, P.L.
Email is the number one usage of the Internet both at home and at work. While you don’t need to concern yourself with your employees’ personal email, you do need to take proper precautions when it comes to emailing at work.

Thailand Business Structures Incorporation

Most businesses are looking to Incorporate a Company in Thailand but do not meet the initial requirements. Below is a list of items to consider before you proceed to set up a company in Thailand.

Nationwide Decrease in Workers' Compensation Benefits

Cuts to Workers’ Compensation benefits across the nation have left many employees who have been seriously injured at work struggling to make ends meet.

Did Company Have Different Pay Scale for Hispanic Employees?

Workers collect $6.5 million after settlement of class-action suit.

Posted Workers’ Rights and Working Conditions

According to the EU Legislation, a posted worker is a person who, on behalf of the employer, is sent for a limited period of time to carry out his/her work in the territory of an EU Member State (i.e.: “host” State) other than the State in which s/he normally works (i.e.: “posting” State).

New Rules in Russia for Recruiting and Hiring Foreign Citizens

By Governmental Decree dated March 20, 2015 №257, new rules are being introduced redarding the recruitment and hiring of foreign citizens.

Taxes for Foreign Employees May Increase in Russia

Employers will pay taxes at a higher rate for foreign workers.

Does the ‘Little Guy’ Stand a Chance in Court When His Employer Has Deep Pockets?

Company viciously went after ex-staffer who sued after being fired

The Importance of Non-compete and Non-solicitation Provisions in Your Employment Agreements

Reasons to consider non-compete and non-solicitation agreements.

What Protections Does The Americans with Disabilities Act Provide?

  By HG.org
The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed to help the United States benefit from the skills and talents of individuals who happen to have disabilities. It strives to break down barriers individuals with disabilities experienced regarding employment, public accommodations, public services, transportation and telecommunications.

Most Costly Workplace Injuries

For the past 15 years, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety has produced an annual safety index listing the top ten causes of serious, non-fatal workplace injuries.

Work Injuries in Bus Drivers

According to the American Public Transportation Association there were an estimated 5,780 work injuries in 2013 suffered by state and local government transit and intercity bus drivers.

Walmart Sued For Denying Health Benefits to Same Sex Couple

Walmart may be known as America’s place to shop, but it certainly won’t receive positive press if it becomes known as America’s discriminatory employer.

Working After You Clock Out? What You Need to Know About the FLSA

Employees sued to get paid for time going through security. An employee clocks out but he’s not allowed to leave until he removes and stows his protective gear. Twenty minutes later, he’s finally cleared to head to the parking lot.

€35,000 awarded for Unfair Dismissal and Discrimination in Malta

Recently the Court of Appeal confirmed a compensatory sum awarded by the Industrial Tribunal to a British High Commission employee for unfair dismissal and discrimination.

Can You Be Fired for Talking about Your Salary?

What the law says about employees' rights to discuss compensation.

Mitigation of Damages in Employment Case in California

As a general rule, civil law strives to make an injured party whole, no more and no less. Courts will reduce an award of damages where they determine that the plaintiff failed to take basic steps after the injury to minimize the harm suffered. This responsibility borne by the plaintiff is commonly known as the duty to mitigate damages, and it is a fundamental issue in any claim for wrongful termination.

Can You be Fired for Taking FMLA Leave to Care for a Sick Parent?

Employee was terminated for not meeting sales quotas during leave of absence.

How Disability Attorneys Handle Social Security Claims

  By HG.org
While every disability law firm handles cases slightly differently, there are many similarities between the firms. Here is an overview of how a disability attorney handles Social Security claims.

Drug Use at Work

According to the latest Quest Diagnostics report, drug use in the workplace has increased over the past year.

Overview of Turkish Labour Code and Employment in Turkey

Employment laws in Turkey apply to Turkish nationals and foreign nationals alike. In addition, special provisions exist which regulate the employment and residence permits of foreign nationals who intend to work in Turkey.

Employee vs. Independent Contractor Status

When an employee is hired by an employer, they agree to abide by the employer’s job description, expectations, schedule, method of payment, and benefits package.

Is the Person Working For Your Business an Independent Contractor or Employee?

Independent contractors and employees are not the same, and it’s important to understand the difference. Knowing this distinction will help you determine what your first hiring move will be and affect how you withhold a variety of taxes and avoid costly legal consequences.

Small Business Owners: Five Ways You May Be Breaking Employment Law Without Knowing It

Breaking Employment law? You may be a great employer, but you may be breaking employment law without even knowing you’re doing it. It’s pretty easy, as a business owner and an employer, to accidentally break the law. Here are five ways it can happen.

What To Expect at a Workers' Compensation Trial

If your workers' compensation case is in dispute, your case may need to resolved through a workers' compensation trial.

EEOC Updates Enforcement Guidance for Pregnant Employment

Pregnancy is considered a temporary disability under the law. Employers must provide equal benefits and treatment to pregnant employees as they do with employees who have other types of temporary disabilities.

Healthcare Employees at Risk of Injury

Several investigations into workplace injuries of nurses and orderlies reveal a large number of career ending injuries.

Do You Qualify for Protection Under the ADA? 3 Questions to Ask

What the law does and doesn’t say about disabilities.

Can an Employer Fire/Not Hire Me for Failing a Physical?

  By HG.org
Many employers use a variety of pre-employment tests to help find qualified employees. However, some strategies may be illegal if the test is targeted to weed out individuals with disabilities.

Mental Health Injuries Resulting from on the Job Injuries

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a study that discusses how mental health issues are related to work site physical injuries.

The Procedure for the Suspension of the Issuance of the Patent in Russia

The resolution of the Federal Migration Service of Russia established a procedure that determines the sequence of steps for the FMS of Russia on providing decision to suspend the right to issue patents to foreign citizens on the territory of the RF administrative district.

Walmart Worker Urges Disclosure of Gender Pay Information

In an effort to ensure pay equality at Walmart, an employee and shareholder of the company is urging disclosure of gender wage information by the retailer.

If You See Your Company Polluting, Who Do You Call?

  By HG.org
It is a sad fact, but every day thousands of companies around the world violate laws designed to protect the environment in order to cut costs and increase profits. If you suspect your company is doing so, or if you have witnessed the pollution yourself, you may be wondering what you can do to prevent it and whether there are any laws in place to protect you from the company's wrath after you do so.

Frequently Asked Questions about Unfair Dismissal in Malaysia

While many people may be familiar with the term "unfair dismissal" or "wrongful termination", the concept of unfair dismissal in Malaysia not as straightforward as it appears. This article hopes to address some of the more frequently asked questions about the law and procedure relating to unfair dismissal claims in Malaysia.


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