Many employees in Minnesota have relationships with their employers that are governed by employment contracts. Like many other types of contracts that our readers might be familiar with, employment contracts can be several pages long, covering a vast range of terms, from compensation, holiday time and insurance options. But, there is one potential clause in employment contracts that can sometimes be overlooked, but may become crucial: a mandatory arbitration clause.
After years of a poor job market, in Minnesota and throughout the country, most people are probably just happy to have a job in today's roaring economy. However, as important as it is for our readers to be happy to have a job, it is equally important to understand one's employment status when it comes to the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Although the job market is seemingly better than it has been in decades, just because job opportunities are plentiful doesn't mean that employees in Minnesota don't face challenges. Finding the right job can be just as hard as finding any job at all, because, unfortunately, there are still many employees who face discrimination, harassment and pay-related issues in the workplace.
Sports fans in Minnesota likely know that the annual NFL offseason event known as the "Combine" recently occurred in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is an event where the top college draft prospects from around the country get a chance to gather together in one location to go through football position drills and other physical athletic tests, as well as medical tests and the all-important interviews with representatives for NFL teams. In short, the Combine is like a massive job interview for draft prospects that occurs over the course of several days.
When most Minnesota residents think of illegal workplace discrimination claims, they probably think that racial discrimination and gender-based discrimination are the most common claims. And, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, they are mostly right.
It is reasonable for Minnesota residents to want to have a good relationship with their employers. Such a state of affairs can make it easier to get through the work day and enjoy your occupation. However, there can be no doubt that there are some employers who take advantage of their employees, particularly when those employees are not aware of their legal rights.
Many previous posts here have delved into some fairly specific employment rights that employees in Minnesota and throughout the country enjoy, including the right to be free from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. But, it can be helpful to look at employee rights in basic terms, and include some of the other rights that employees enjoy. So, what are some of the basic employee rights?
Many people take for granted that when they leave a job they will receive their final wages in the right amount, and on time. However, not all employers follow the law in respect to paying. When employers violate these laws, employee rights are at stake.
Most employees in Minnesota go to work every day just to do their jobs - do them well - and then go home to their families. They don't usually think about the many different laws that are in place to protect employees and their rights. Previous posts here have mentioned many of these laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act and the laws that protect employees from various forms of discrimination. But, there is one law that many people aren't familiar with: the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, commonly known as "ERISA."