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Do You Get Tongue Tied With The ABC’s of Employment Law?

Sep 30, 2016

When thinking about the ABC’s of Employment Law don’t you wish they would just roll off your tongue like you are singing ABC by Jackson 5: “ABC, easy as 1, 2, 3, or simple as do, re, mi”? They may not come that easy to you or your staff though because maybe you don’t have a human resource department to take care of it, you think some of the laws don’t apply to you or your company, or even you have little to no cases that arise falling into one or more of these laws. With some pun intended, let us break some of the laws down for you. Don’t worry though, we are still just a phone call or note away should you get tongue tied.

FLMA: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), is the act that allows eligible employees to take either a twelve (12) workweek leave unpaid or a twenty-six (26) workweek leave unpaid, for specific family and medical reasons and have job protection as well as continuation of group health insurance coverage. (https://www.dol.gov)

FLSA: Fair Labor Standards Act regulates minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and child labor standards. Federal minimum wage is currently set at $7.25/hour. Overtime must be paid at the rate of at least one and one-half (1.5) times the regular rate of pay and for any hours that are worked over forty (40) hours per workweek. Recordkeeping is that the employer must have an official FLSA poster visible to all employees and that time and pay records are kept for employees. (https://www.dol.gov)

EPA: The Equal Pay Act requires employers to compensate employees (male or female) in the same workplace equally for equal work despite their sex. Equal work is based on job content, not job titles. A few examples of pay include: salary, overtime, bonuses, and insurance benefits. (https://www.eeoc.gov)

OSHA: Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal agency that sets standards to ensure safe and healthy working environments are in place for employees. OSHA provides training, outreach and education programs, and assistance to make sure companies are meeting/exceeding these standards. (https://www.osha.gov)

PDA: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act prevents employers to discriminate employees or treat the employee unfairly because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to either pregnancy or childbirth. This act includes all aspect of the employment process (hiring, firing, pay, training, etc.). (https://www.eeoc.gov)

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