All employees are afforded certain rights. This means that when an employee believes that these rights are not upheld, action could be taken to seek legal recourses for these violations. Whether it is a state or federal regulation violation, employees should be aware of their rights following any type of event or incident in the workplace.
A previous post on this blog talked about how public employees may have additional employment rights above and beyond what employees in the private sector enjoy. That post may have left many in the Twin Cities wondering what exactly those additional rights are.
Many people in and around Minneapolis work for the government. Some people in the Twin Cities work for one of the many local governments in the area or for the State of Minnesota, while others work for the federal government. Educators, law enforcement officials, and firefighters are all examples of workers who often fall under the public employment umbrella.
One of the biggest issues over which Minnesota workers embark on a dispute with their employer is due to an overtime claim. Since unpaid overtime can violate employee rights, it is imperative to understand the law and when it is possible to lodge a claim to receive what is owed.
After years of delay, the United States Department of Labor has revised federal overtime rules. These rules mean that 1.3 million salaried employees across the country, including in many in Minnesota, will either see a reduction in the number of hours they are expected to work, an increase in their base pay, or more overtime.
Losing a job in Minnesota can be a worrisome experience. Regardless of the reason for job loss, people can be fearful as to how they will make ends meet and what steps they must take to get back to the workforce. Unemployment compensation is a part of employee rights and can be a lifeline for people to stay above water as they seek a new job. However, a common problem many face is if the employer claims the former employee committed misconduct. This can prevent the worker from getting the unemployment benefits he or she would otherwise been entitled.
Many Minnesota workers are deprived of their employee rights for all the wages they have earned under the law because they are unaware of what the law specifically says or they are worried about facing negative consequences if they request what they are owed. Every worker who is eligible for certain payments as part of their wages should receive them. That includes unpaid overtime.
Minnesotans who have left a job in any way - whether they were dismissed or left of their own accord - should know when they are being deprived of their rights to receive wages and employee benefits to which they are entitled. Regardless of the circumstances of the departure, workers have the right to get what they are owed. If an employer fails to provide those wages and benefits, the former worker can consider a wage claim. Understanding employee rights under state law is a key part of a case.
When a Minnesota resident goes to work, it can feel as though they are entering their employer's world. The processes that they must follow and the goals they may be expected to achieve may all be derived from the plans of their supervisors and superiors. It may not feel as though employees have much autonomy; however, American workers are protected by many laws that they may seek to enforce when their rights as employees are violated.
People change jobs all of the time. In the middle of their adult life a Minneapolis resident may decide that they no longer want to pursue the career path that they are on and that they are ready for a new life adventure. They may leave their job for any number of reasons that do not violate the law or the terms of their employment contracts.