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.
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.