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.
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.
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.
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.