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May 2016 Archives

Implied employment contracts difficult to prove

Most employment in the United States falls under the category of at-will employment, meaning companies can fire workers for any reasons that are not due to certain discriminatory practices. While at-will employment makes it difficult to move forth with litigation for wrongful termination, it's important to understand the basic facts surrounding your termination.

What are some employee rights in New York?

Employees have rights and although you may feel as though you don't have any rights on some days, you do have them. Some of these rights also come with things that are not rights. For example, an employer is not required to provide health insurance unless he or she says it would be provided.

How do you know if you've been a victim of sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is considered a form of gender-biased discrimination. Sexual conduct that is unwelcome and creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive work environment or is used for employment decisions like raises or promotions is sexual harassment.

Simple rules for managing office romances

With wedding season beginning in our region of the country, invariably co-workers will be invited to a couple's special day. Also, it may be that the wedding involves people who met and fell in love as coworkers. When you consider how much time we actually spend at work, it is a wonder that more people who work together don't end up as spouses. After all, the terms "work wife" or "work husband" were not created in a vacuum.

Know your rights when you are fired

Many people think that they can sue an employer for firing them, but most companies employ workers "at will." This definitely gives employers the upper hand in firing disputes, as they can terminate workers for any reason, or no reason at all, as long as the firing isn't retaliatory or discriminatory in nature.

What applicants should know about illegal interview questions

Even though job growth was not as strong in April compared to previous months, a number of people are still poised to enter the job market as 2016 continues. With that, hiring should be expected to continue at a brisk pace. However, not all job applicants are treated the same, and they may not always understand their rights as they are considered for open positions.

What can I do to collect unpaid or withheld wages?

When workers are not paid their wages, they can suffer serious financial consequences. Wages may not be forthcoming for a variety of reasons on the part of the employer, but some employers may not be aware that withholding wages and benefits that are due an employee is a misdemeanor.

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