U.S. employers must comply with several complex federal and state laws that cover every step of the employer-employee relationship—from hiring to termination.
Here are some frequently asked questions about employment law …
What is employment law?
Employment law involves every federal and state law and court ruling that regulates the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees in the employment relationship. It sets the legal boundaries around everything from hiring, pay requirements, employee classification, workplace safety, discrimination, termination and more.
Why does employment law matter?
Being in compliance with employment law is—and should always be—a top priority for anyone in a management or human resources position. One simple mistake by a manager or HR professional can trigger a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the employer—and possibly against the supervisors themselves. The number of lawsuits filed by employees against their employers has increased dramatically over the past decade.
What’s the easiest way to stay compliant with employment law?
Because jury verdicts can be huge and hiring a lawyer is expensive, the best way to win a lawsuit is to avoid one in the first place. That’s why it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest changes in employment law legislation and real-life court rulings through ongoing compliance resources, including Business Management Daily, and attend training timely training events, such as webinars and conferences.
What are the top employment laws in the U.S.?
Here are only some of the federal employment and labor laws that require compliance and clear understanding (note that employers must comply with several state laws):
- Job discrimination: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Wages/overtime/minimum wage: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
- Family leave: The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Age discrimination: The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
- Disability discrimination: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Military leave: The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
- Gender-pay differences: The Equal Pay Act (EPA)
- Workplace safety: The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
- Pregnancy discrimination: The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)
- Immigration: The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)
How do I avoid getting sued by an employee?
Know the laws and know your compliance responsibilities and your rights. Business Management Daily has the tools you need to stay in compliance and stay out of court. With article topics that cover everything from 1099 forms to discrimination and harassment, as well as professional training tools that can help you create a bullet-proof employee handbook, you can protect your business … and yourself.