If you get laid off from your job, you can usually seek unemployment benefits to help you financially while you're looking for new work. In some circumstances, however, you might not qualify to receive unemployment benefits.
Florida employees are commonly forced to sign non-compete clauses before starting work with a new employer. This seems to make sense for high-level employees who could steal industry trade secrets and clients from their employer. However, what about low-wage workers who aren't very high up on the totem pole? Is it fair to force an $10-an-hour worker out of his or her industry due to a non-compete clause?
When it comes to workplace harassment, one of the most commonly misunderstood areas affects pregnant women. The American Association of University Women claims that there are 68 million women in the workplace across the country, 75 percent of whom will become pregnant at least once. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act was created to prevent business owners from discriminating against expectant mothers in a variety of ways. Here are some of the most common forms of discrimination that are covered:
A controversial case has reached a controversial conclusion, at least for the time being. A group of Muslim workers who filed claims alleging religious discrimination against their employer have lost their suit after the judge in the case sided with the employer.
Whether you are dealing with a dispute with another business or a contract issue with your employer, you grasp of the English language can be a factor in how the case turns out if you don't partner with someone who can provide the appropriate help. A recent report from PBS News discussed the impact of translation services on court proceedings, and for many involved, it wasn't always positive.
Does this sound like you? "My employees love me. They think I am a wonderful boss who cares about them and their day-to-day issues. None of my employees would ever initiate a dispute against me." We will start by saying that these have been many a small business owner's famous last words — right before being dragged into court by an employee.
If your aim is to reduce employment disputes, arbitration clauses could offer a solution. As any Florida employer who has suffered an employee lawsuit can attest, employment-related claims can be both expensive and uncertain. Even in cases where the claims have no merit, employers must often shell out significant amounts of money to resolve the issue. Further, court actions are time-consuming and often stressful as well.
Disagreements between employers and employees can quickly turn contentious in the workplace. Looking from both sides, each party believes he or she is right and the other is wrong. Aside from the employee leaving the job and starting over, many involved in employment disputes cannot see a resolution. However, there are options a wronged employee can consider to resolve the situation.
Employee arbitration agreements usually require that the employee sign a document that gives up his or her right to sue should something go wrong with the job. Common coverage points of arbitration include termination and discrimination; if you believe you were wrongfully terminated or discriminated against and you signed an arbitration agreement, you can't always take the case to court. You can, however, take the matter before a third-party arbitrator.
Employment disputes can arise for many reasons, but litigation often doesn't begin until an employee is let go. Both business owners and employees have rights, and they want to protect themselves against lawsuits or unfair loss of employment. One way that both parties can protect themselves is by proper use of the I-9 Form.