Discrimination and Harassment In The Workplace

“Discrimination” at the workplace occurs when your employer treats you differently. Discriminatory acts include making you work under unequal working conditions (such as lower pay or benefits), failing to promote you, or firing you. But not all “discrimination” is illegal discrimination. If your boss fires you because he simply doesn’t like you, that is not Read more…

Lost Your Job? Transition Into Home Employment

Lost Your Job? Transition Into Home Employment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that nearly a third of all eligible workers today qualify as self-employed professionals or contractors. Advances in home office technology have allowed contract workers, consultants and freelancers to build their own career from their own home. Even with a declining economy, the Read more…

Federally Extended Unemployment Benefits

Unemployment insurance works like other forms of insurance – except that the employer normally pays the insurance premiums to the state agency that ends up making the payments to the employee when he or she loses a job. The state however must be in compliance with current federal guidelines and directives concerning how the unemployment Read more…

Getting Paid – Minimum Wage, Overtime And Exemptions

Underpayment of Wages – What You Can Do The Fair Labor Standards Act was enacted to protect employees from employers who try to pay employee wages that are either legally too low or too late. Almost every employee has the right to be paid at least the minimum wage. As of 2015 many states are Read more…

Drug Testing As A Condition Of Employment – Marijuana Use – Laws Changing

What if you were offered a killer job and the only thing standing between you and that job is the employer’s insistence that you be drug tested before starting work for the company. While you may not engage in illegal drugs, you do smoke medical marijuana on a regular basis and further, the medical marijuana Read more…

Employer Drug Testing – Marijuana

Right To Terminate Employee For Testing Positive Under the laws of most states it is NOT illegal for the employer to either refuse to hire or terminate an employee based on marijuana use, whether such marijuana has been prescribed by a physician or not. Further, it is currently legal to deny unemployment benefits if the Read more…

Employee Benefits Security Administration – EBSA

Post Employment Benefits – Know Your Rights The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), administers the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which governs retirement plans (including profit sharing and 401(k) plans) and welfare plans (including health, disability, and life insurance plans). ERISA also includes the health coverage continuation and accessibility Read more…