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Employee Rights Archives

What can you do if you are injured on the job?

It is a Minnesota employer's responsibility to ensure the workplace is safe from hazards and, when employers neglect to live up to this responsibility, employees get injured through little or no fault of their own. However, many injured employees may not be aware that they might be entitled to workers' compensation benefits if their injury is suffered during the course of employment while they were performing work-related tasks.

Understanding the overtime rights of workers

Dedicating 40 hours per week to one's job can be a significant investment of time and can keep a Minnesota resident away from their family more than they want. However, as most people know, situations arise where workers have to put in more time than what is generally expected of them during a normal week. When a non-exempt worker works more than 40 hours in a given week, they are entitled to overtime pay.

By when should my final paycheck be paid after I quit?

Just because an individual has quit their job voluntarily does not mean they are no longer entitled to the wages and commissions they have earned until that point. This is the law in Minnesota, regardless of whether the employee was fired, terminated or left their job voluntarily.

ERISA violators can be penalized

When signing an employee contract, Minnesota residents expect to see some provisions about their pensions, retirement plans and health insurance plans. Upon seeing them, many sign on the dotted line without actually knowing what those plans are, what laws they are being provided under and what happens if an employer fails to pay these benefits.

Family leave policies could reflect sex discrimination

One or the rights employees who have just become parents have is maternity leave, under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Parents of newborns get 12 weeks of unpaid family leave and many states have begun supplementing that with paid family leave that uses a state payroll tax pool. Additionally, companies have begun implementing family-leave policies that cross state borders and benefit families across the board.

What is the FLSA and what does it cover?

Getting a job is the shining light at the end of the long struggle of dropping off resumes and going for interview after interview. Being financially independent and setting a purpose for oneself does wonders for self-esteem. However, before Minnesota residents begin working, they should be aware of some basic employment law terms and how they will affect them in their jobs.

What constitutes harassment in the workplace?

When people think of workplace harassment, many Minnesotans may immediately think of sexual harassment and dismiss other types of comments or jokes as being part of their work culture. As harassment remains unreported, it becomes more of a problem and often ends up creating a workplace where employees do not feel safe or enjoy working. Not only does this affect an employee's productivity, but also their emotional equilibrium.

An employer's obligations to avoid disability discrimination

To understand what duties and obligations an employer owes to their disabled employees, it is first important to understand whom the law protects. The Minneapolis resident must be qualified for the job and have a disability that is defined by the law. This can be shown by three ways: a person could be disabled if they have a physical or mental condition that substantially limits a major life activity, such as walking; a person could be disabled if they have a history of disability, such as cancer in remission; or a person may be disabled if they have a condition that is not transitory and minor.

Hold employers liable for discrimination with our help

Everyone deserves to earn their living in workplace where they are not facing prejudice or being discriminated against. This is why state and federal laws exist surrounding this area-employees are granted rights to ensure that they in spaces where they feel safe, respected and rewarded for their achievements, not pushed behind or sidelined for their physical characteristics. Discrimination in the workplace doesn't always have to be blatant-oftentimes it is subtle and an employee may not even be sure about what they experienced. However, they should know that discrimination is against the law and should not be tolerated.

Defending the Civil Rights of Vulnerable People

When employers discriminate or allow harassment and retaliation to take place or continue, we are dedicated to holding them accountable for their unlawful actions.

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