Labor Law Resource
Labor laws are laws that relate to any rights and responsibility of employees or employers. This can vary from employees’ compensation if they are hurt at work, or if you are a part of a union, or anything that concerns workers’ rights in the workplace.
What Are Labor & Employment Law?
Employment law entails the part of law that deals with the relationships between employers and employees. These laws are set in place to establish a healthy balance for employees. They aim to exclude work discrimination, avoid employee-employer conflicts, create a solid economic baseline so every citizen can support themselves, and foster safety and health in the workplace.
What is The Department of Labor?
The Department of Labor (DOL) is a government funded organization that was established in 1913. The DOL enforces a series federal laws which help support the status and wellbeing of any individual that works, has worked, or has retired from working in the United States. Around 200 laws are upheld by the DOL including laws regarding: wages, hours, workplace safety, workplace health, worker’s compensation, retirement, unions, medical leave, and the like.
Workplace discrimination exists when an employee is treated poorly due to a personal characteristic. There are twelve types of workplace discrimination:
- Equal Pay/Compensation
- Sexual Harassment
- National Origin
- Genetic Information
Since 1997, the average amount of workplace charge reports is estimated to around 85,000 per year. This only accounts for the charges the were reported on a federal level, each state has their own set of laws that apply to the workplace.
According to the Employer-Reported Workplace Injuries and Illnesses report, over the past 15 years approximately 3.7 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occur a year.
What Do Labor Attorneys Do?If ever there is a case involving an argument regarding how an employee has been treated or relating pension plan validity a Labor Attorney is typically called upon. A Labor attorney will give guidance to either an employee or an employer to make sure that the laws set forth by the Department of Labor (DOL), the state laws, or any local county laws are being followed accordingly. Labor Attorneys will also help defend you if you have been discriminated against in any of the 12 types mentioned above.
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