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Understanding employment rights

Understanding employment rights Employment rights are rules that protect you at work. They cover things like pay, working hours, and safety at work. You have the right to be treated fairly and have a safe work environment. Knowing your employment rights can help you stand up for yourself if needed. It’s important to understand your […]

Plant Closings / Mass Layoffs

Plant Closings / Mass Layoffs The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act offers some protection to workers, their families and communities against plant closings and/or mass layoffs, by requiring employers to give their workers sixty days notice before a plant closing or mass layoff. This notice must be provided to either affected workers or their […]

General Information About Workers’ Compensation

General Information About WorkersCompensation If you experience a work-related injury or occupational disease, you may be eligible for workers compensation. With some exceptions, most workers are entitled to protection under workers compensation laws which vary from state-to-state. Workers compensation covers most job-related injuries. Workers compensation alleviates the difficulty and complexity of settling differences between employers […]

Heat Safety

Heat Safety Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. There are a range of heat illnesses and they can affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition. Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes […]

State Smoking Laws

State Smoking Laws Select your state from the map below or from this list. [[map and dropdown goes here]] ALABAMA Where is smoking NOT allowed?In Alabama, for employers with five or more employees, workers may not smoke in common areas of enclosed workplaces. The law also prohibits smoking in individual, or personal work areas, if […]

All About Unions

All About Unions This page provides answers to the following questions:   1. What is a labor union? A labor union is an organization of workers joined to protect their common interests and improve their working conditions. It serves as an intermediary between the employer and the employees. The main purpose is to give workers […]

Unions & Collective Action

Unions & Collective Action Facing an organizing campaign at work (or want to get involved in one)? Already a union member but don’t understand how things work? Fired for organizing or joining a union? This section covers information about your rights to organize and be in a union, and how unions work. Please select one […]

Wellness Programs in the Workplace

Wellness Programs in the Workplace Most of us would like to be healthier and eat better. Some companies, concerned about rising health care costs and employee productivity, have decided to help the process along by instituting wellness programs that encourage employees to become healthier by supporting weight loss and exercise. Although employers have created wellness […]

Smoking and the Workplace

Smoking and the Workplace Most states have some laws that protect smokers from discrimination. However, due to the health hazards related to smoking, smokers are not completely protected in the same way that non-smokers are. For example, smokers can be required to pay more for their company health insurance and some localities have banned e-cigarettes […]

Drug Testing

Drug Testing Many employers require their employees to submit to drug testing both before and after being hired. Most of the time after being hired an employer requires reasonable suspicion before having an employee take a drug test. Even with the recent legalization of marijuana in some states, employees in those states can still be […]

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