Are you violating your employees’ rights? Find out 388hero which violations are the most common and what you need to know to avoid making them.
Employee rights are put into place by the federal government to protect employees. States also have labor regulations that employers must follow.
Employers should be knowledgeable about employees’ rights to avoid violating them.
Common rights violations are discrimination, wage miscalculations, sexual harassment and whistleblowing.
It is your responsibility as an employer to know what rights your employees have and how they are protected in the workplace so that you can avoid violating those rights and advocate appropriately for your employees. For example, do you know when overtime kicks in? Or what happens to unused vacation days? Or how your employees are protected should they find themselves in the position of a whistleblower?
There are many laws in place to protect the rights of employees, such as equal employment opportunities, occupational safety and health, and even employee rights to privacy. Businesses are also subject to laws and regulations at the state level.
What are employee rights?
Employee rights, put simply, are practices put into place to protect employees in an organization. As an employer, your knowledge of your employees’ rights can help you avoid potentially disastrous pitfalls.
“[Employee] rights are often violated simply because the employer doesn’t know any better or thinks that their actions are OK,” said David Bakke, employment expert at DollarSanity.
Here are the basic rights that every employee should expect from an organization:
Freedom from discrimination: Businesses must follow anti-discrimination laws to stay out of legal trouble. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employees are protected under several laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act protects against discrimination due to a disability in the hiring process. The law is also responsible for regulating affirmative action in the hiring process.
Right to a safe and healthy workplace: Employees must have the proper safety equipment and accommodations at work. Employers need to provide any reasonable accommodation in accordance with the employee’s medical condition or religious beliefs. The employer must also maintain a safe work environment free of toxins and other hazards.