Simply put, people work to make money. The Fair Labor Standards Act or FLSA is a federal law that ensures that American workers are compensated for the tasks they perform at work. Workers can be compensated in different ways and may hold different work responsibilities that affect how they are classified under the law. Some workers are eligible to receive overtime, which is increased pay for hours worked beyond the individuals' standard work periods.
Much has been said on this blog about standing up for what is right and raising a voice against any type of discrimination or harassment in the workplace. However, one common reason employees remain silent is because they are afraid of retaliation in the office. Given how common it is, they have cause to be anxious about it. Retaliation is the most common discrimination finding in cases in the federal sector. Retaliation can be devastating for the person being subjected to it, which is why it is important to know what employee rights one has.
Minneapolis residents deserve to go to their offices in the morning free from fear of being sexually harassed or discriminated against on the basis of their race, religion or sexual orientation. They also deserve to be in a workspace free from arbitrary rules and to know that rules and procedures will be followed in case disciplinary actions need to be taken against them. However, action cannot be taken against employees who have complained of laws being broken at their office or for reporting inappropriate behavior.
Individuals who live in Minnesota enjoy certain rights that extend from protections put into place by the state and federal governments. These rights include, but are not limited to, the right to be free from unreasonable searches, the right to practice the religions of their choice and the right to express themselves and their ideas through their speech. When workers in Minneapolis arrive at their jobs, these rights persist and they may also have other rights by virtue of their employment.
Many Minnesota residents may find themselves working overtime to earn some extra money. This is especially true during the holiday season, when gift giving and celebrations strain the budget. However, if workers in Minnesota do not get the money they rightfully deserve for their overtime work, they might not be aware of the legal options they have to pursue an overtime claim.
Making ends meet is difficult enough while a Minnesota resident is gainfully employed. A layoff or entrenchment just amplifies the matter. However, an unemployed worker may not be aware that they could be eligible for unemployment benefits if they meet certain criteria.
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.
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.
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.
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.